China says Covid-19 outbreak infected 80% of population

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The possibility of a new wave of Covid-19 in China in the next two to three months is unlikely as 80% of people have been infected, a prominent government scientist said on Saturday.

The movement of people traveling during the Lunar New Year holiday period could spread the virus, increasing infections in some areas, but a second wave of Covid-19 is unlikely in the short term, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist, wrote on social media. from the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Millions of Chinese are traveling across the country on vacation, raising fears of Covid-19 outbreaks in rural areas less equipped to fight the disease.

China has experienced the peak of Covid-19 patients in clinics, emergency rooms and with critical conditions, a National Health Commission official said Thursday.

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Nearly 60,000 people with Covid have died in hospital since Jan. 12, roughly a month after China abandoned its zero-Covid policy, according to government data.

However, some experts point out that this number likely greatly undercuts the overall impact, as it excludes those who die at home because many doctors are discouraged from citing Covid-19 as the cause of death.

Source: CNN Brasil

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