|Local studies also show the number of people carrying the virus might have been far higher than first thought. The was taken in Wuhan, Hubei province, China September 3, 2020. (File photo by=REUTERS/Aly Song)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The numbers of deaths in China - excluding the coronavirus epicenter of Wuhan - fell slightly during the first three months of 2020, suggesting efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 reduced deaths from other causes, a new study showed.
Reuters said that researchers from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), analyzed official death registry data from Jan 1 to Mar 31 last year for changes in overall and cause-specific deaths. The death rate in Wuhan, stood at 1,147 per 100,000 over the period, 56 percent higher than normally expected, they found in the study published on Wednesday. However, outside Wuhan, the death rate was 675 per 100,000, lower than the expected rate of 715, after nationwide lockdowns reduced the number of deaths from other causes like ordinary pneumonia or traffic accidents, according to the study, published by the BMJ.
Official data from China's medical authority puts the total mainland COVID-19 death toll at 4,636, of which 83.5 percent, or 3,869 deaths, were in Wuhan. China rejected claims that it under-reported both the total number of cases and the death toll from COVID-19. An American study of cremation services in Wuhan released last June said about 36,000 people could have died, 10 times the official figure.