BEIJING (CHINA): China has seen a more than fivefold increase in the number of people diagnosed with the disease COVID-19 In hospitals across the country since April. Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Center for Disease Control) released data showing it had reached more than 40 per cent of those tested at the end of May, the Straits Times reported.
According to government data, China was hit by a Covid-19 wave back in May whose test rate was close to positive compared to the peak seen during the pandemic at the end of 2022.
China reported 164 deaths in May among those who contracted Covid-19. Moreover, as many as 2,777 developed acute infections and the number continued to increase during the month, according to a report in The Straits Times.
The Straits Times is a daily English-language newspaper based in Singapore.
China’s CDC Covid-19 data for May confirmed anecdotal evidence of a second wave reported in local and social media. The report came more than a month after the agency issued its last weekly monitoring report at the end of April.
There was a slight sign of heavy absenteeism in the offices and factories. Moreover, doctors report that most of the illnesses are mild.
According to The Straits Times, a leading pulmonary expert and one of China’s top advisers on COVID-19 Dr Zhong Nanshan predicted that the second wave would peak at the end of June, possibly with more than 65 million cases per week.
Moreover, Chinese authorities are rushing to push vaccines to combat the ongoing new wave of coronavirus that is expected to peak in June and infect up to 65 million people weekly since new variants of the XBB virus are developing to overcome the virus. The Washington Post reported in May that immunity had developed after China’s abrupt exit from its “zero virus” policy last year.


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