One Million Could Die From COVID in China, New Study Shows – TIME

by | Dec 17, 2022 | COVID-19

Roughly a million people could die from COVID-19 in China by next year as a result of the country’s rapid abandonment of pandemic restrictions, a new study suggests. Researchers worry that ill-prepared healthcare systems, low rates of vaccination among the elderly and ineffective vaccines will contribute to a massive and deadly COVID-19 surge that has already begun overwhelming hospitals in Beijing. The country of 1.4 billion has had some of the strictest COVID containment measures in place since the pandemic began nearly three years ago, but the government began easing restrictions this month after a wave of fervent protests that began in November against President Xi Jinping’s zero-COVID policies. Here’s what to know: One million deaths Reuters’ analysis of new data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, concludes that COVID cases in China will peak around April, at which point there will have been 322,000 COVID-related deaths and a third of the country will be infected. Currently, China’s official death toll remains low at just over 5,000 deaths, compared to the U.S.’s more than one million. However, some question the Chinese government’s count accuracy. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there have been 311,113 confirmed deaths in China from COVID-19 since January 2020. Gabriel Leung, former dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, and a group of other experts from Hong Kong who met with Chinese officials last month to share advice on lifting national COVID restrictions, also authored a report with similar findings. Leung’s team estimates mor …

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