A study conducted by Peking University has revealed that 900 million people in China have been infected with the Coronavirus by the 11th.
According to the relevant report, the estimated number of infected people is 64% of the total population of China.
Meanwhile, the relevant university study reveals that 91% of the people living in Gansu Province, followed by 84% in Yunnan and 80% in Qinghai, have contracted the virus.
A leading Chinese epidemiologist has also warned of a surge in cases in rural China during the Lunar New Year.
The peak of the Covid epidemic in China is expected to last two to three months, said Zeng Guang, former head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control.
Hundreds of millions of Chinese nationals are set to travel to their hometowns this year following strict travel restrictions in China over the past few years. This could be a reason to escalate the situation.
While the situation is like this, the Chinese government has abandoned its policy of zero corona-infected people and has also abandoned the publication of the daily number of corona-infected people.
However, official Chinese data shows five or fewer deaths per day over the past month. Although official data shows such a low number of deaths, long queues seen at funeral homes and reports of deaths on social media are not aligned, according to foreign media reports.
Meanwhile, Chinese officials said in December that they planned to issue monthly rather than daily updates on the country’s Covid situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that China, which has stopped reporting Covid deaths, is severely under-reporting Covid deaths.
In response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin reiterated at a press conference that Beijing has published Covid data “in a timely, open and transparent manner in accordance with the law” and has held technical exchanges with the World Health Organization in the past.
International health experts have predicted at least one million Covid-related deaths in China this year. Beijing has officially recorded more than 5,000 deaths since the outbreak began, and it is one of the lowest death rates in the world.