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Millions Hit as Second Covid Wave Spreads in China – Caixin

A second Covid-19 wave is spreading in China according to a top infectious disease expert, who said tens of millions will be affected every week with the XXB subvariant

China may need to spend more on social services or cut outlays on other sectors to help lift consumption levels following the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made people more cautious on how they spend their money.
About 1% of working age adults in China have defaulted on debts, which limits their ability to access services and highlights the country's lack of personal bankruptcy laws to provide some debt relief. This image shows people walking on Nanjing Pedestrian Road in Shanghai (Reuters).


A top infectious disease expert in China has warned that the second Covid wave sweeping through the country could affect 65 million people a week next month, according to a report by Caixin Global, which cited the Guangdong province’s official Nanfang Daily, and said the current wave of infections involved the Omicron subvariant XXB.

Covid cases began to surge again in China in April and could reach 40 million a week by the end of May, according to remarks on Monday by Zhong Nanshan, director of the National Clinical Research Centre for Respiratory Disease, which are based on a predictive modelling analysis. Zhong called for vulnerable groups to be vaccinated again and said China would soon have two home-made vaccines to tackle strains including XBB.

Read the full report: Caixin Global.





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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