Posted 30 декабря 2022, 11:10
Published 30 декабря 2022, 11:10
Modified 30 декабря 2022, 11:29
Updated 30 декабря 2022, 11:29
Since the beginning of December, COVID-19 has sickened a quarter of a billion people in China, which is about 18% of the country's population, writes Bloomberg. Chinese doctors believe that most of today's patients "caught" the coronavirus during December. At the same time, 3.7 million Chinese people were infected with covid in just one day on December 20, which was the largest indicator in China since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the London-based research organization Airfinity, the sharp jump is most likely due to the refusal of the government of the country from the policy of "zero tolerance" for COVID-19. This is how the authorities reacted to the mass protests that swept across the People's Republic of China against strict measures to combat the pandemic. In particular, mandatory PCR testing was canceled for people whose work is not associated with an increased risk of infection. In addition, a vaccination certificate is no longer required to travel within the country or to enter public places, and in the case of a mild or asymptomatic course of the disease, citizens are ordered to stay at home. Foreigners are allowed to enter China freely. In many areas of China, there is a shortage of medicines.
For some reason, China does not publish official data on deaths as a result of covid. However, local media leaked information that about 9,000 Chinese die every day in the country. According to forecasts of the British Airfinity, by the end of April 2023, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in China could reach 1.7 million people.
Wu Zunyu, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said COVID outbreaks have peaked in Beijing, Tianjin and Chengdu. The situation in Shanghai, Chongqing, Anhui, Hubei and Hunan remains serious, the scientist added.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said that the situation for the prevention and control of the COVID-19 epidemic in China is under the control of the authorities.
"Currently, the level of vaccination continues to grow, treatment options are continuously increasing, the production capacity of medical products continues to expand, and the total stock fully meets the demand. The general situation with the prevention and control of the epidemic in China is predictable and controlled," the Chinese diplomat was quoted by the RBC news agency.