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China Estimates 248 Mn People Got Covid In 20 Days: Reports

 China Estimates 248 Mn People Got Covid In 20 Days: Reports

As many as 37 million people are contracting COVID-19 in a single day in China, according to leaked minutes from a meeting of the country’s top health body confirmed by multiple news outlets. In the first 20 days of December, 248 million people—accounting for about 18 per cent of the population—were likely to have been infected, officials said during the National Health Commission’s internal meeting on December 21. The figure is exponentially higher than the regime’s official virus tally, and if accurate, would mean that China’s outbreak is the largest in the world. Nearly three years under the regime’s stringent zero-COVID policy has left the Chinese public with little natural immunity against COVID-19’s highly contagious Omicron variant, which appears to be spinning out of control in the country. The Epoch Times reported that A screenshot of the conference notes circulating on Chinese social media shows that the virus has hit over half of the residents in Beijing and Sichuan Province in southwestern China. Sichuan is also one of three provinces with over 20 million infections, while six other provinces and cities, Beijing included, have an infected population of between 10 million and 20 million, the estimates said.

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