Henan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Sichuan, Hainan, Beijing, Chongqing etc. … As the number of patients in fever clinics in these regions continues to decline, some provinces and regions in China claim they have already passed the first peak of COVID-19 infections.
Beijing Deputy Mayor Yin Yong stated in an interview with CCTV that the city has passed the peak of infection and has developed a new community-wide immunity.
Yin underlined that downgrading virus management from class A to class B does not mean leaving it alone, and the government must take on responsibilities, including speeding up the monitoring of new virus mutations, to ensure that new infections do not disrupt social order and daily life.
After infections peaked, Beijing officials warned the city still faces a tough challenge in treating severe cases in hospital outpatient clinics and emergency rooms.
Apart from Beijing, central China's Henan, Zhejiang and Jiangsu to the east, Chongqing Municipality to the southwest, Sichuan Province in the south, Guangdong Province and several cities in Hainan Province reported high rates of COVID-19 infection.
Jiangsu officials stated that from December 8, 2022, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people admitted to fever clinics throughout the province, peaking on December 27.
While the peak in the rural areas of the province took place a little later than in the metropolitan areas, the number started to decrease.
Health officials in Chongqing reported that after December 20, there was a significant decrease in the number of patients treated in fever clinics from hospitals of all levels, with the municipality's peak period between December 12 and December 23. With more than 80% of Sichuan citizens sick, the daily number of infections is also declining.
According to the cities of Foshan and Huizhou in Guangdong, as well as Sanya and Haikou in Hainan, the peak was in late December, past the peak times of infection.
According to experts, the second wave of infections is expected to peak between May and June 2023, as the first peak of infections has already passed in many cities in China.
Zhang Wenhong, director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases and head of the infectious diseases division at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, said:
As the virus's virulence weakens during the second peak of infection, between 25 and 50 percent of people may become infected, but possibly with fewer symptoms.
Günceleme: 18/01/2023 19:06