Beijing. The news of the death of 13 thousand of people in China (Covid-19 Deaths in China) has come to the fore in a week. At the same time, China’s epidemiologist says that about 80 percent of Chinese citizens have already come under the grip of the virus, so there is no possibility of a second wave in the near future. According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday that the death toll from Covid-19 in hospitals reached 12,658 in the seven days between January 13 and 19. There were about 60,000 deaths in China between 8 December and 12 January after the zero-covid policy was abruptly ended.
While the CDC’s chief epidemiologist Wu Zuyou has dismissed the possible danger of a second wave in the next few months, the elderly and vulnerable people have been advised to be cautious during the Lunar New Year. Wu wrote on the Chinese social media site Weibo on Saturday, “The large-scale movement of people during the Chinese New Year may have accelerated the spread of the epidemic to some extent and may increase the number of infected people in some areas.”
Wu said that because the new wave has infected about 80 percent of people in the country, there is little chance of a large-scale outbreak or a second wave in the next two to three months.
Life is normal in China but the danger
has not been averted China abolished all its Covid-related rules last month without any preparation. Since then, there was a sudden spurt in corona cases in China. Doubts are being raised on the official death toll after the authorities narrowed the definition of Covid deaths.
Since the initial wave of new cases, life has largely returned to normal in most parts of China. The authorities, however, have expressed concern over the further spread of the virus in rural areas in view of the large number of pilgrims traveling on the occasion of ‘The Lunar New Year’.
What is China’s zero covid policy The
The “zero covid” strategy emphasizes the detection and isolation of every case of infection. It also demands keeping in isolation those people who came in contact with the infected in any form. This policy resulted in millions of people in cities such as Shanghai being isolated in their homes for two months or more, and many of them faced a lack of food and no access to health care.