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China: Beijing has reached “temporary collective immunity”, according to a health official

2023-01-31T14:41:12.135Z


The city of Beijing has reached 'temporary herd immunity' and the Covid-19 outbreak there is coming to an end, a health official...


The city of Beijing has reached "

temporary herd immunity

" and the outbreak of Covid-19 is coming to an end there, said a local health official, a new sign of the decline of the unprecedented wave of contaminations suffered by China.

The number of coronavirus cases has soared in the world's most populous country since the ruling Communist Party abruptly ended its "

zero Covid

" policy last month.

The epidemic is slowing down

The outbreak has filled hospitals and crematoriums in major cities, including Beijing.

Its scale is difficult to estimate, the official figures representing only a small part of the real number of patients.

But there are signs that the outbreak is slowing.

According to authorities, the number of daily Covid deaths in China fell last week by almost 80% compared to the beginning of January.

Wang Quanyi, deputy director of Beijing's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told Chinese media on Tuesday that the capital of 22 million had "

acquired temporary herd immunity that protects it

."

This wave of contamination in Beijing has already passed its peak and is coming to an end

,” he said, quoted by the Beijing News newspaper.

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The city is “

currently at the stage of sporadic infections

”, with a virus presenting “

a relatively low risk of transmission

”, he estimated.

The number of people seeking treatment for flu-like illnesses at major hospitals in Beijing fell by more than 40 percent between Jan. 23 and Jan. 29 from the previous week, according to the newspaper based on data. official figures.

Source: lefigaro

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