New daily infections by COVID-19 in China they peaked at more than 7 million a day around December 22, while deaths hit a daily high of more than 4,000 on January 4, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.
The figures, published on the center’s website, come after a leading government scientist claimed over the weekend that 80% of China’s 1.4 billion people had already been infected, making the possibility of a virus remote. a big spike in COVID-19 in the next two to three months.
“Around December 22, 2022, the number of infected people and the number of outpatient consultations for fever reached a maximum”he said, with the number of new infections “exceeding 7 million per day and the number of daily outpatient consultations for fever reaching a maximum of 2,867 million”.
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China has passed the peak of COVID patients in fever clinics, emergency rooms and in critical condition, an official with the National Health Commission said last week.
Nearly 60,000 people with COVID had died in hospital as of Jan. 12, about a month after China abruptly rolled back its strict zero-COVID policy, according to government data.
However, some experts say this figure likely underestimates the full impact, as it excludes those dying at home and because many doctors have said they are discouraged from citing COVID as the cause of death.
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