A leading Chinese epidemiologist announced before the New Year holidays that no major outbreaks of covid-19 are expected in the near future, as 80 percent of the population has already recovered from the disease.
In China, everything is ready to celebrate the new year according to the lunar calendar, which will be held without strict covid restrictions for the first time in two years this year.
Beijing ended its zero-tolerance policy on Covid-19 last December and eased restrictions on movement, so many Chinese will visit relatives in more distant places for the first time in two years.
Due to mass travel, there have been fears of an increase in infections. President Xi Jinping has expressed concern about the spread of infections to rural areas, and Chinese authorities have urged people not to visit elderly relatives.
Wu: The possibility of major eruptions is very small
A leading Chinese epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wu Zunyou announced today that the possibility of bigger ones in the next two or three months is very small, as 80 percent of the population has already been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19.
Chinese Prime Minister Sun Chunlan on Thursday estimated that the level of infections with the virus is “relatively low”, and health officials state that the number of covid patients in hospitals is decreasing.