China: Covid deaths, cases down 70% since peak, when daily infections topped 7 million

HONG KONG: Critically ill Covid-19 cases in China are down 72% from a peak earlier this month while daily deaths among Covid-19 patients in hospitals have fallen 79% from their peak, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The figures were published on the centre’s website. While officials said infections had peaked, some global experts warned of the possibility of a rise in cases in rural areas.
The CDC said the number of critically ill patients in China peaked on January 4 at 1.28,000 cases and fell to 36,000 cases on January 23. The number of deaths in hospitals, meanwhile, reached a daily peak of 4,273 on January 4 and fell to 896 by January 23. Visits to fever clinics fell 96.2%, from a peak of 2.9 million on December 22 to 110,000 on January 23.
The CDC added that on December 22, 2022, the number of people infected and the number of fever outpatients peaked, with the number of new infections “exceeding 7 million per day and daily fever outpatients 2.9 million”.


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