In May, Covid positive test rates increased by more than 40% in China
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In hospitals all around China, the number of patients with Covid-19 has increased more than fivefold since April. The Straits Times stated that the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued statistics indicating that it had infected more than 40% of those tested at the end of May.

The Covid-19 wave struck China again in May, according to government data, and this wave’s positive test rate was approaching that of the pandemic’s peak towards the end of 2022.

In May, China recorded 164 deaths among people who had COVID-19. A report in The Straits Times also stated that 2,777 people had severe infections, and the figure kept rising throughout the month.

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Singapore-based The Straits Times is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in English.

The China CDC Covid-19 data for May corroborated reports of a second wave in local and social media. The agency has not published a weekly surveillance report since the end of April, more than a month prior to the release of this report.

There has been a very minor indication of widespread absenteeism in workplaces and factories. Additionally, the majority of the ailments are moderate, according to the specialists.

The second wave would peak by the end of June, probably with over 65 million cases a week, according to The Straits Times, which cited Dr. Zhong Nanshan, a renowned expert on pulmonary disease and one of China’s top Covid-19 consultants.

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The new XBB variants of the virus are evolving to overcome the immunity developed after China’s abrupt departure from its “zero covid” policy last year, according to a May report in The Washington Post. As a result, the Chinese government is rushing to push out vaccines to combat an ongoing new wave of the coronavirus that is anticipated to peak in June and infect as many as 65 million people per week.