China reports first Covid-19 deaths in more than a year — Analysis

This is the country’s largest coronavirus outbreak since late 2019, when it was first discovered in Wuhan.

China reported two new deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday – its first fatalities related to the virus since January 2021 – as the country battles a surge in Omicron cases.

According to the National Health Commission, both deaths were in Jilin (northern province), which was hardest affected by this current wave. It didn’t say how old the deceased patients were or whether they had any underlying diseases.

Omicron may be more infectious than either the Delta or original coronavirus, although it is less serious. Omicron can still prove fatal to those not vaccinated and people with lung disease, diabetes or other serious health problems.

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China has imposed a stringent death penalty, and the new deaths bring China’s total to 4,638. “zero-Covid strategy”With swift lockdowns, mass testing and rapid quarantine since the outbreak of the Wuhan pandemic in the latter part of 2019.

Three weeks ago, the country had seen fewer than 100 cases daily. Since then, the number has risen to more than 1,000 per day with Jilin being the epicenter.

It was responsible for most of the 2,388 cases of domestically transmitted diseases on the Chinese mainland, as reported by NHC Friday. Locals were prohibited from leaving Jilin without permission.

Earlier in the week, Xi Jinping, Chinese President, vowed his country would “continue to put people and life at the forefront, stick with scientific accuracy and dynamic-zero, and curb the spread of the epidemic as soon as possible.”He called for more vaccinations, faster testing, drug research and coronavirus preventions. “targeted.”

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Beijing records Covid-19 statistics only on the mainland, separate from its special administrative region of Hong Kong, which didn’t implement such strict prevention policies.

Hong Kong with a population exceeding 7.5 million had surpassed China earlier this week in terms of the number and death rates. There were over 5,000 deaths and one million coronavirus cases.

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