China’s efforts to contain the coronavirus last year reduced death rates from other causes in other parts of the country, except in the COVID-19 epicenter of Wuhan, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) and the University of Oxford in the U.K. studied official death records from Jan. 1 to March 31 of 2020. They published their findings in the British Medical Journal.
According to The National Interest, while deaths in the city of Wuhan rose 56%, the researchers found that outside of Hubei province “the observed total mortality rate was lower than the predicted rate from pneumonia, chronic respiratory diseases, and road traffic accidents.”
The authors of the study concluded that the lower death rates from non-COVID-19 related diseases “might be attributable to the associated behavior changes during lockdown.”
Another study by the CCDC of more than 34,000 people last April found that approximately half a million people in Wuhan may have contracted the virus, which is 10 times higher than initially reported, according to The National Interest.
Wuhan went under a full 76-day lockdown on Jan. 23, 2020. Eventually most of Hubei province was under lockdown, affecting 56 million people.
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