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Virus surges; COVID’s spread becomes impossible to track

Virus surges; COVID’s spread becomes impossible to track

Virus surges; COVID’s spread becomes impossible to track

Virus surges, as COVID’s spread becomes impossible to track

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  • China’s National Health Commission has reduced its daily COVID-19 report.
  • There is a drop in the PCR testing.
  • The government lifted antivirus restrictions after daily cases hit record highs.
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China’s National Health Commission has reduced its daily COVID-19 report due to a drop in PCR testing since the government lifted antivirus restrictions after daily cases hit record highs.

Wednesday, the commission ceased posting daily COVID-19 instances with no symptoms.

It said it was “difficult” to count asymptomatic sick people, who account for most new infections. Public testing facilities only report confirmed instances.

As China softens its “zero-COVID” policy, this creates a major difficulty. With mass-PCR testing no longer required and persons with minor symptoms permitted to recover at home, it’s harder to estimate the true number of cases.

Beijing’s streets are strangely silent, with lineups building outside fever clinics (from 94 to 303) and pharmacies, where cold and flu drugs are scarce.

Authorities said they were obtaining millions of COVID-19 antigen fast test kits for Beijing pharmacies, but they were scarce.

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Beijing resident Zhu told AP they experienced a sore throat and fever but couldn’t prove they had coronavirus due to a paucity of antigen test kits.

Zhu declined to give their full name to speak about a difficult topic in China. They turned 180 degrees without a transition.

Despite an effort to encourage immunizations among the elderly, two Beijing vaccination centers were empty on Tuesday. Despite predictions of an outbreak, patient numbers didn’t rise.

About 50 people lined up outside Beijing’s Puren fever clinic on Wednesday, with many residents informing AFP they had COVID-19.

“If we’re in line, we’re all sick. One individual in line stated, “We wouldn’t come otherwise.”

“I’m here with a family member who’s had a fever for 10 days, so we’re checking on him.”

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State media say calls to health hotlines surged six-fold.

China reported 2,249 “confirmed” infections on Wednesday, increasing the total to 369,918 – more than quadruple the amount on October 1. Compared to the US, it has 5,235 deaths.

China’s government-supplied data have not been independently validated, raising suspicions about whether the Communist Party has minimized instances and deaths.

The US consulates in Shenyang and Wuhan have been offering only emergency services since Tuesday, the State Department stated.

China’s government is still committed to limiting virus propagation. As it dials down its “zero-COVID” campaign, the government may allow more instances without quarantines or travel bans.

Beijing’s restaurants remained virtually vacant despite eased standards. Many companies can’t find enough non-infected workers. Sanlitun was deserted despite the removal of anti-COVID-19 fences.

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Hospitals reportedly struggled to keep employees, and goods piled up at distribution sites due to a shortage of motorized tricycle delivery drivers.

Some Chinese institutions will let students end the semester at home to prevent a COVID-19 breakout amid the Lunar New Year travel frenzy.

China stopped tracking certain travel on Tuesday, lessening the probability of quarantine for COVID-19 hot regions.

China’s international borders remain mostly closed, and it’s unclear when restrictions on inbound travelers and Chinese going abroad will be loosened.

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