Covid-19 did not significantly rebound during Lunar New Year: CDC

Covid-19 did not significantly rebound during Lunar New Year: CDC
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30 January 2023
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 China’s Covid-19 epidemic “did not show a significant rebound” during the recent Lunar New Year holidays, state media reported Monday, citing the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CDC).

“During the Spring Festival holiday, the epidemic did not show a significant rebound. During the entire epidemic process, no new mutant strains were found,” the CDC stated in the latest issue of its weekly magazine, published on Jan. 25.

“The current round of the epidemic in the country is coming to an end,” it added, according to The Paper.

The “country’s current round of the epidemic reached its peak in late December 2022, and has continued to decline since,” the CDC reported, and by the end of January, “the overall epidemic situation in the country has been reduced to a low level, and the pressure on medical treatment has further slowed down.”

The daily number of Covid-related deaths in hospitals peaked on Jan. 4 with 4,273, it said, adding that the peak of severely ill Covid patients was recorded on Jan. 5, when it reached 128,000.

Chinese experts had warned of a possible spread of Covid from the New Year holidays between Jan. 21-27, during which millions of people traveled to their hometowns.

Health authorities had asked rural areas to prepare for outbreaks of Covid in their areas, where healthcare resources are scarcer.

The British health sector analysis company Airfinity said some 36,000 deaths a day could be reached on Jan. 26 during the holiday period.

According to official figures, 6,364 people died in hospitals from the disease during Jan. 20-26.

After almost three years of harsh restrictions, lockdowns and border closures that sparked protests in various parts of the country, China began to dismantle its zero-Covid policy at the beginning of December, and on Jan. 8 it dropped the disease from category A – the level of maximum danger – to B, thus marking the end of the policy.

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