Indeed, the statistics risk underestimating the situation. “After infection with the Omicron variant, the main cause of death (of patients) are underlying diseases. (…) Only a small number die directly from respiratory failure caused by Covid”, according to Wang Guiqiang, a Beijing health official, quoted by AFP. According to official figures, only 7 patients have died from Covid since restrictions were lifted in early December. And 5242 since the start of the epidemiccompared to 1 million in the United States or 1.99 million in Europe.
With little natural immunity due to “zero covid” and insufficiently protected by vaccination, the Chinese are likely to face difficult weeks, with a spectacular resumption of the epidemic. Some hospitals are overwhelmed, like
suggests this video widely shared on Twitter, while anti-flu drugs are more difficult to find in pharmacies, due to the increasing demand. In updated forecasts, American researchers even anticipate up to a million deaths by the end of 2023, assuming that at least 29,000 people have died since the virus appeared in China.