The world is gradually coming out of the horrific times of Covid-19. However, increasing cases in many places are proof that the menace is not over yet. The worst situation is in China where the Covid-19 virus has become more deadly. China’s second wave of Covid-19 this year will likely peak at the end of next month. Cases are expected to peak at about 40 million a week late this month and 65 million a week in late June.
Zhong Nanshan, a top Chinese expert on respiratory diseases told the Greater Bay Area Science Forum in Guangzhou that Led by the omicron XBB strain, the latest resurgence of Covid-19 began to spread in mid-April. He said, “cases are expected to peak at about 40 million a week late this month and 65 million a week in late June.”
XBB has recently fueled a surge Covid-19 cases in China, with the proportion of those cases rising from 74.4 per cent in late April to 83.6 per cent in early May, according to the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The restrictions were lifted after strong protests by people, but put 1.4 billion people at risk of exposure to the virus. The CDC stopped updating its weekly figures earlier this month. So it is difficult to determine the real position of the Covid-19 situation in China now. After the Chinese authorities scrapped their tough zero-Covid restrictions in December, Covid-19 surged across the country. Mass testing, along with the release of daily case numbers, were also abandoned.
The sharp hike in the cases of Covid-19 in China can be a matter of concern for India also. As it has been seen that whenever the cases of Covid-19 increases in China, there is rise in Covid-19 cases in India. Hence, India needs to remain alert.