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China’s Covid spike infected 37 million in one day – Bloomberg – RT World News

Government health authorities believe up to 248 million people have contracted the virus this month

The latest internal report from China’s top health authority is said to claim that the continued spike in coronavirus infections in the country may have seen as many as 37 million people contract the virus in a single day this week, Bloomberg wrote on Friday.

Citing the minutes of a China National Health Commission meeting held on Wednesday as well as people involved in the discussions, the outlet reported that up to 248 million people, or nearly 18% of the country’s total population, have been infected with Covid this month.

The agency also reportedly estimated that more than half the people in China’s southwest Sichuan province and the country’s capital, Beijing, have been infected since the government lifted its zero Covid restrictions. at the beginning of the month.

No information on covid-related deaths was presented at the meeting, according to Bloomberg sources, who say the council discussed new, much narrower definitions used to count such deaths. The agency would have recognized that deaths will inevitably occur as infections continue to climb and would have issued a warning to all regions to prepare for an increase in severe cases.

It’s unclear, however, how exactly the NHC arrived at the estimates reported by Bloomberg, as the agency officially claimed only 3,761 new local Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Thursday, while putting the total number of infections this week at 14,285. as well as seven deaths.

Obtaining accurate estimates has also been more difficult after China’s national health authorities stopped announcing asymptomatic cases, after mass testing through a large network of PCR test booths was abandoned earlier this month. , as most people have started using rapid home antigen tests to determine infection status.

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