China says Covid outbreak has infected 80% of population

The possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out again in China in the next two or three months is remote because 80% of the people have already been infected, a prominent government scientist said on Saturday.

Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said mass movement of people during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday could spread the pandemic, spurring infection in in some areas, but a second wave of COVID is unlikely in the near future. , said on social media platform Weibo.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese are traveling around the country for holiday reunions that have been suspended under recently eased COVID containment measures, raising fears of new outbreaks in regions. rural areas are less equipped to manage large outbreaks.

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

Nearly 60,000 people with COVID have died in hospitals as of January 12, about a month after China abruptly lifted its COVID-free policy, according to government data.

But some experts say that figure may not take into account the full impact, because it does not include people who die at home and because many doctors say they discourage citing COVID as the cause of death.

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