Nearly 76% of people in Beijing had contracted COVID-19 as of December 22
According to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine, around 92 percent of the population in the Chinese capital of Beijing will have Covid by January 31. Nearly 76 percent of people in Beijing had contracted COVID-19 as of December 22. It was expected to reach 92 percent by January 31, according to researchers from the University of Hong Kong, reports South China Morning Post.
For the study, the researchers tracked the reproduction rate of Omicron variant BF.7 in Beijing in November and December, after China eased its zero-Covid policy. There was a surge in cases across the country after the policy changes.
The study estimated that the reproduction rate jumped from 1.04 on November 11 to 3.44 a week later – meaning that “one person with the virus could infect 3.44 others”. Their modeling had shown an estimated peak of 1.03 million daily cases on December 11.
“Surveillance program should be rapidly set up to monitor the spread and evolution of Sars-CoV-2 infections, and further work should be done to track the transmissibility, incidence, and infection rate of the epidemic,” the researchers wrote.
The number of people with severe COVID-19 infections peaked on January 5. The country reported about 13,000 Covid-related deaths in hospitals between January 13 and 19.
China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that 681 hospitalized patients died of respiratory failure, and 11,977 died of other diseases combined with a Covid infection.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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