China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on Sunday stopped releasing daily Covid-19 data amid questions about its credibility as infections exploded after the sudden easing of strict restrictions. “Based on mathematical calculations, China is expected to have nearly 100 million COVID cases, 5 million hospitalizations and 1 million deaths, which are huge numbers.” Neeraj Kumar Gupta, Delhi HOD, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Safdarjun Hospital, Saturday. Gupta said China is at the same stage as India, but India now has more experience in fighting the virus.
We faced a first wave, a second wave of the very serious Delta variant, and a third wave of the less serious but highly contagious Omicron variant. He said Chinese citizens have low immunity due to the country’s strict lockdown strategy. Union Health Minister Mansouf Mandabiya announced on Saturday that RT-PCR tests were now mandatory for passengers from five countries, including China. RT-PCR testing is mandatory for international arrivals from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand. Mandaviya, who chaired a virtual meeting with state health ministers, chief secretaries, chiefs of staff and information commissioners on Friday, said the country should be on high alert and fully prepared for COVID controls. The meeting was held with Health Minister Bharathiprabin Pawar in view of the recent increase in cases to assess public health readiness in some countries such as China, Japan, Brazil and the United States. His NITI Ayog was held in the presence of his V.K. Paul of his members. Progress in containment and control of COVID-19 and his COVID-19 vaccination campaign nationwide.