China Declares Worst of Coronavirus Pandemic Is Over

China Confirms Worst of COVID-19 is Over for Now Amid Fears of Increase

Chinese officials have declared the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over within their borders, two weeks ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday – the busiest travel day of the year. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan has overseen China’s pandemic response and said the outbreak was at a ‘relatively low’ level in terms of the number of patients hospitalized.

The National Health Commission reported on the official Chinese government website that the amount of patients in critical condition had peaked on January 5th before beginning to decrease. Director for the Department of Medical Emergencies Guo Yanhong confirmed that the number of consultations in clinics for fever had peaked on December 23rd, dropping by 94% by January 17th. Approximately 60,000 people have died from the virus in the last month.

Despite the successes, health professionals have raised concerns over potential infections during the Lunar New Year, especially in rural areas with limited resources. In response to the threat, the Chinese government requested localities to provide health services to protect the population ahead of the travel season.

A recent study by the British health sector analysis company Airfinity estimated that 36,000 people could die from COVID-19 each day during the Lunar New Year holiday. Chinese officials are still remaining vigilant in their preventive measures regarding the virus.

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