Any chance of China emerging sooner rather than later from its latest massive coronavirus outbreak is slim, as 80% of the country’s population has been infected, a leading government scientist warned on Saturday.
Reuters reports that Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the massive movement of people during the current Lunar New Year holiday period could spread the pandemic, increasing infections in some regions.
A second wave of coronavirus is unlikely in the next two to three months, he predicted, based on so many people infected and the multiple sub-branches of the Omicron strain “have already infected 80% of the population. Wu Zunyou was quoted as said on social media platform Weibo.
Wu’s statement came as hundreds of millions of Chinese traveled across the country for holiday gatherings that had been suspended due to recently eased COVID-19 restrictions.
Nearly 60,000 people with coronavirus had died in hospital as of January 12, according to government data cited by Reuters, about a month after China abruptly dismantled its nationwide zero coronavirus policy.
But some experts said that figure likely significantly underestimates the total effect, and the full number may never be known, because government statistics exclude those who die at home and because many doctors have said they were discouraged from citing coronavirus as the cause of death.
China has suspended or closed the social media accounts of more than 1,000 critics of the communist government’s policies on the coronavirus outbreak, as the country moves to open up further while denying any associated setbacks or health risks for the population.
Just last month, British analytics firm Airfinity released a report estimating that around 5,000 people were dying in China every day from Chinese coronavirus infections – a number significantly higher than the seven officials said. from the Chinese government have been admitting all week, as reported by Breitbart News.
The scientific estimate, based on analyzes of hospitals and cases in the country, preceded a report published by Bloomberg claiming that internal Chinese government documents show that a staggering 37,000 coronavirus infections are documented per day. in the land with no end in sight.