China’s COVID outbreak infects 80% of the population

The possibility of a major resurgence of COVID-19 in China in the next two to three months is remote, as 80 percent of people have been infected, a top government scientist said Saturday.

The mass movement of people during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday period may spread the pandemic, increasing infections in some areas, but a second wave of COVID is unlikely in the short term, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. , he said on social media platform Weibo.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese are traveling across the country for holiday gatherings that had been suspended under newly eased COVID restrictions, raising fears of new outbreaks in rural areas less equipped to handle large outbreaks.

DOCTORS IN CHINA DISCOURAGED FROM CITING COVID AS REASONS FOR PATIENT DEATH AMID OUTBREAK

A patient lies on a bed in the emergency department of a hospital amid a coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai, China, on January 11.  17, 2023.

A patient lies on a bed in the emergency department of a hospital amid a coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai, China, on January 11. 17, 2023.
(REUTERS / Staff)

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China has passed the peak of COVID patients in fever clinics, emergency rooms and in critical conditions, a National Health Commission official said on Thursday.

Nearly 60,000 people with COVID had died in hospital by January. 12, about a month after China abruptly dismantled its zero-Covid policy, according to government data.

But some experts said that number likely greatly understates the full impact because it excludes those who die at home and because many doctors have said they are discouraged from citing COVID as a cause of death.

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