BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese officials reported nearly 13,000 new deaths from the novel coronavirus between Jan. After three years of stress and economic hardship caused by the pandemic, the public rang the Chinese New Year bells to pray for good health. 19.
A line of about a kilometer (0.5 mile) stretched outside Beijing’s iconic Lama temple. The temple was repeatedly closed until COVID-19 restrictions ended in his early December. Thousands of people were waiting their turn to pray for their loved ones.
A Beijing resident said he hoped the Year of the Rabbit would bring “health to all”.
“I think the wave of this pandemic has passed,” said the 57-year-old, only surname Fang. , I think it’s important to protect yourself.”
Previously, authorities reported about 13,000 COVID-related deaths in hospitals between January 13 and 19, with about 60,000 added in the month or so before that. Chinese health experts say the wave of infections across the country has already peaked.
The death toll update from China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes amid doubts about the transparency of Beijing’s data, which remains very low by global standards.
Hospitals and funeral homes were overwhelmed in a sudden policy U-turn following historic protests against curbs as China abandoned the world’s toughest COVID controls and mass-testing regime on Dec. 7.
The death toll reported by Chinese authorities excludes those who died at home, which some doctors say has discouraged them from listing COVID on death certificates.
China on January 14th reported nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths between December 8th and January 12th. This is a significant increase from his more than 5,000 deaths previously reported throughout the pandemic period.
Funeral home spending on items ranging from body bags to crematory furnaces has increased in many provinces, according to the document, one of several signs of the deadly impact of COVID in China.
Some health experts expect more than 1 million people to die from the disease in China this year, and UK-based health data firm Airfinity said the number of deaths from COVID could reach 36,000 a day this week. We anticipate that it may be reached.
As millions of migrant workers return home to celebrate the Lunar New Year, medical experts are especially concerned about those living in China’s vast countryside, where medical facilities are scarce compared to wealthier coastal areas. I’m here.
According to the People’s Daily of the Communist Party of China, some 110 million rail passenger trips were estimated to have taken place in the first 15 days of the 40-day Lunar New Year travel rush from January 7 to 21, up from the previous year. 28% increase in ratio. Newspaper reported.
State-run CCTV reported that a total of 26.23 million trips were made on Lunar New Year’s Eve via rail, highway, ship and plane, half the pre-pandemic level but up 50.8% from last year. bottom.
Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Saturday that large-scale movements of people during the holiday period could spread the pandemic and spread infections in some areas. He said a second wave of COVID was unlikely in the near future. On the Weibo social media platform.
Wu said with 80% of people infected, there is little chance of a major COVID recovery in China in the next two to three months.
After China reopened its borders on January 8, some Chinese have also booked international travel. Asian tourist hotspots prepare for the return of Chinese tourists who spent $255 billion a year worldwide before the pandemic.
“We hadn’t left China for three years because of the pandemic.
Additional coverage by Beijing Newsroom.Written by Marius Zaharia Edited by Sri Navaratnam
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