90% of people in China province Henan infected with COVID: official

As China battles an unprecedented COVID surge, nearly 90% of Henan — the third most populous province — has now been infected with the virus, a top health official said Monday.

Kan Quancheng, the director of the health commission for central Henan province, said that as of Jan. 6, the infection rate was 89%.

With Henan’s population being about 99.4 million, the data would suggest that 88.5 million residents have now been positive for COVID. 

Visits to fever clinics hit their peak on Dec. 19 — mere weeks after China began easing its brutal “zero-COVID” policies

After that surge late last month, the number of COVID cases “showed a continuous downward trend,” Kan said during a press conference Monday.

The data from Henan is vastly different from the COVID figures China’s central government has shared since the start of December. According to officials, only 120,000 people out of 1.4 billion have been infected, and only 30 have died since the end to “zero-COVID.”

A nurse shows the drugs to a family members as elderly patients with COVID symptoms receive intravenous drips.
Data would suggest that 88.5 million residents have now tested positive for COVID-19. 
A woman with COVID symptoms receives intravenous drip while using a ventilator.
A woman with COVID symptoms receives and IV drip while using a ventilator.
Patients receive IV drip treatment at a community health service center.
Visits to fever clinics hit their peak on Dec. 19.

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An elderly woman receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Hohhot.
An elderly woman receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Travelers from a Xiamen Airlines flight arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
China’s borders reopened Sunday.
People wearing face masks with their luggage rush to catch their trains.
People wearing face masks with their luggage rush to catch their trains.

Residents shop for Chinese Lunar New Year decorations.
Residents shop for Chinese Lunar New Year decorations.

After three years, China’s borders reopened Sunday, marking an official end to the country’s “zero-COVID” policies, which involved requiring incoming travelers to quarantine.

But even as Beijing drops its quarantine requirements, many countries across the globe are now demanding negative tests from visitors from China in hopes that it will contain the current outbreak that’s overwhelming China’s hospitals and funeral homes. 

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COVID cases are expected to increase especially as China looks to celebrate the lunar new year later this month, when millions of residents are expected to leave cities and visit family in more rural areas. 

With Post wires

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