Shanghai announced that all classes should be held virtually from Monday on due to the increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
The Chinese government removed its strict COVID-19 policies ten days ago – leading to an increase in the number of cases, with major concerns that the country’s health infrastructure is not ready to cope with the situation.
After unprecedented demonstrations over severe restrictions on coronavirus, the Chinese government removed some strict measures, including sending people to quarantine centers or camps. Protesters in different cities in China demanded the end of the “Zero COVID” policy, which was implemented in this country for nearly three years.
Meanwhile, there is evidence of a new wave of deaths from COVID-19 in Beijing. Chinese authorities have not reported any death cases from COVID-19 across the country since December 4. But staff at two Beijing crematoriums say the overall death toll has been far higher than usual, and Beijing is witnessing its first significant outbreak of the virus.
According to new reports prepared by China’s center for disease control and PREVENTION, if the authorities want to prevent the death of nearly one million people rising from COVID-19, booster vaccines must be made available in the capital quickly and social distancing should be applied accordingly.
China’s National Health Commission has stopped providing total counts of coronavirus cases since Wednesday. A hasty lifting of strict restrictions in China could lead to an increase in the number of cases and more than one million deaths by 2023, according to the projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), a U.S.-based health research organization.