According to a top health expert quoted by Bloomberg, China is preparing for a significant surge of coronavirus cases. The country is expected to report almost 65 million infections every week as the latest wave of the pandemic peaks near the end of June.
Since April, Covid cases in China have increased sharply, driven by the Omicron version XBB. According to local media reports, which mentioned a presentation by respiratory disease specialist Zhong Nanshan at a biotech conference in the southern city of Guangzhou, the country is likely to report 40 million infections in a week by the end of this month, before peaking at 65 million weekly by the end of June.
The latest infection widespread may be the biggest since China abandoned its zero-Covid policy in December 2022. China certainly reported 37 million coronavirus cases in a single day during the prior wave, making it the biggest single-day surge ever. People in China were rushing to stock up on supplies because of the big spike in cases. The nation’s healthcare system also under considerable strain as a result of the nation-wide lack of medicines and the overcrowding of hospitals with patients.
Omicron’s BA.2.75 and BJ.1 sub-variants are combined to create XBB. The XBB variety is thought to have a “growth advantage” over BA.2.75 and immunological evasion characteristics.
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China preparing for the upcoming possible Covid wave:
Since disease modelling predicts a significant comeback of Covid infections in China, the country is gearing up to combat the fresh wave of cases. China is developing new Covid vaccinations that will focus on XBB types. Two have received preliminary permission from the nation’s drug authority, while three or four “will be cleared soon,” according to Zhong Nanshan.
A few weeks prior, the World Health Organisation declared that Covid-19 is no longer a global emergency. The international health organization noted recent increases in cases in Southeast Asia and claimed that although the pandemic’s emergency phase was finished, it hasn’t ended.
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