China is seeing a spike in infections following the government’s decision to reduce the scope of mandatory testing, allow some positive cases to quarantine at home and end large-scale lockdowns © Noel CELIS / AFP
Beijing (AFP) – One of China’s top health experts has warned of a surge in Covid-19 cases, state media said Sunday, in the wake of the government’s decision to abandon its hardline coronavirus strategy.
Shops and restaurants in Beijing are deserted as the country awaits a spike in infections following the decision to reduce the scope of mandatory testing, allow some positive cases to quarantine at home and end large-scale lockdowns.
Top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan told state media in an interview published Sunday that the Omicron strain of the virus prevalent in China was highly transmissible and could lead to a surge in cases.
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