Frida Ghitis: China’s hasty exit from its “zero covid” policy has caused massive suffering and death. Until that point, Chinese officials had reported just 37 covid deaths since Dec. 7. That number has soared to 59,938. Dishonesty about the pandemic constitutes a threat to public health worldwide. China says 54,435 people who had covid but died of other underlying illnesses.
Some researchers estimated that China was already seeing 9,000 deaths a day during December. From the beginning of the pandemic, China relied on secrecy to draw a veil over its origins.