The daily number of coronavirus cases in China exceeds four million

The new, devastating wave of the coronavirus in China has reached its peak with 4.2 million cases per day, according to the Airfinity research institute based in London on Wednesday.

According to the institute’s estimate published at the beginning of the week, Covid-19 may have killed around 840,000 people in the Asian country since the beginning of December.

Instead of the previously predicted two separate epidemic waves, one long epidemic wave is likely to be expected in the Asian country, so the pressure on hospitals and the number of deaths are likely to increase, added Airfinity.

Experts have warned that the spread of the virus is expected to accelerate following the Chinese New Year celebrated at the end of the week and the related visits to relatives and domestic travel.

The Chinese Center for Epidemiological Research and Disease Prevention announced that approximately eighty percent of the population, i.e. approximately one billion people, may have contracted the virus so far.

At the beginning of December, China broke with the zero-Covid policy that was introduced almost immediately following the outbreak of the epidemic in 2020, lifted the previous restrictions and also stopped wide-scale testing. After that, the number of registered infected people began to rise almost immediately, and drug shortages were also reported in many places. Beijing has stopped regularly publishing epidemic data, and foreign experts do not trust the numbers reported by Chinese health authorities.

Cover photo: A family walks in a park in Shanghai on January 17, 2023 (Photo: MTI/EPA/Alex Plavevski)

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