Previously Beijing had logged daily deaths in single digits since the start of December

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The WHO has been urging China to be more forthcoming about the coronavirus outbreak now sweeping the country.

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HONG KONG—The World Health Organization expressed appreciation for China’s sharing of Covid-19 data after Beijing reported around 60,000 Covid-related deaths over the past month, providing the first major accounting of the death toll since the country lifted pandemic restrictions.

In recent weeks, the WHO had urged China to be more forthcoming about the outbreak now sweeping the country. Public-health specialists—including some at the WHO—had criticized China’s reporting for severely underrepresenting the toll of the latest outbreak.

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