The COVID-19 outbreak, registered in China in recent weeks, is already affecting at least 19 of the 31 provinces that make up the Asian giant, making it the most widespread since the early stages of the pandemic, when the virus spread in large parts afterwards of the country spread its first discovery in the city of Wuhan.
Authorities have confirmed dozens of new cases every day. As recently as this Wednesday, the Chinese Ministry of Health added 109 cases to the official record, including 93 symptomatic and collaborative transmissions, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
Since the virus first appeared in Wuhan in late 2019 and the expansive trend began to weaken, such a situation has never been recorded in a country that has always been characterized by attempts to reduce the number of infections to zero. although this has resulted in general restrictions on mobility and massive testing.
China’s top health expert, Zhong Nanshan, has assured in an interview with CGTN that the outbreak can be controlled within a month and has defended the government’s criteria when it comes to containing the virus at all costs, arguing that the free According to the Bloomberg agency, the spread of COVID-19 would result in even higher costs.
The most recent outbreak is related to tourism and has restricted one county and two cities, as well as increased vigilance in megacities like Beijing, which is preparing to host the Winter Olympics.