/ 24 January 2023

China’s new COVID confession

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

After weeks of experts raising concerns about China’s official COVID data, a prominent government scientist claims 80% of people have been infected in the latest wave. Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, says over one billion people have contracted the virus since harsh restrictions ended abruptly in December after widespread protests. Wu also claims that because so many people have now had the virus, there’s “very little chance” of another nationwide outbreak in the coming months. That sentiment is echoed by the Chinese Government, which says infections have peaked and concerns for vulnerable people have dissipated. International experts aren’t so sure… One thing on their minds is the 2 billion passenger trips during the 40-day Lunar New Year celebrations that could see infections continue to flourish.

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