China says COVID deaths, severe cases have fallen over 70% since peak

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HONG KONG:
Severely ill COVID-19 Cases in China are down 72% from a peak at the beginning of the month. While daily deaths from COVID-19 are down 79% from their peak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The figures, publish on the center’s website, come after a prominent government scientist. Said over the weekend that 80% of China’s 1.4 billion people are already infect. Raising the possibility of a major resurgence of COVID-19 in the next two to three months. distant .

China abruptly ended its strict zero COVID policy in early December after a three-year surge in infections in the world’s most populous country.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – JANUARY 10: (CHINA AND HONG KONG-OUT) Patients are cared for by relatives and medical staff as they are seen on beds set up in the atrium area of a busy hospital on January 10, 2023 in Shanghai, China. Chinas health care system has been struggling to cope with a surge of COVID-19 infections since the government ended nearly three years of tough zero COVID controls. At least 900 million people have been infected, according to a Peking University study, and authorities have reported 60,000 COVID-related deaths in hospitals alone in the past month. Infections have peaked in major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, but a second wave is expected to hit in rural areas with hundreds of millions of people traveling to their hometowns during the Lunar New Year holiday. Health officials are concerned that rural populations tend to be older, and the medical system in smaller towns and villages are not as well-resourced as bigger cities. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Covid 19 in China; While officials said infections had peaked, some international experts warned. That cases could rise in rural areas to cope with infections as millions of Chinese travel home for family reunions. During the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday.

The number of critically ill patients in China peaked on Jan. 4 at 128,000 cases and fell to 36,000 on Jan. 23, according to the CDC.

Meanwhile, the daily number of hospital deaths hit a high of 4,273 on January 4 and fell to 896 on January 23. Visits to thermal medicine clinics fell 96.2% from. High of 2.867 million on December 22nd to 110,000 on January 23rd.

COVID-19 in China; The CDC added that on December 22, 2022, the number of infections. Outpatient consultations with fever peaked, with new infections “exceeding 7 million daily. Daily outpatient visits with fever at 2.867 million.”

The figures follow comments by a health commission official who said last week. That China had reached a peak in intensive care, emergency and life-threatening COVID patients.

On January 12, authorities announced. That nearly 60,000 people infected with COVID have died in hospitals since China lifted its strict Zero-COVID Policy.

But some experts said that figure likely underestimates the full impact by excluding. Those who die at home and because many doctors have said. They are reluctant to name COVID as a cause of death.

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