Coronavirus / Safety & Health

China Faces Severe COVID Surge

Credible medical authorities in Germany claim the COVID pandemic is quickly coming to an end; they say it is turning into an endemic, according to the Epoch Times. A pandemic causes widespread illness and hardship; an endemic is more stable and manageable. Meanwhile, reports from China, the birthplace of COVID and the most populated nation on the planet, indicate that there may have been as many as a 250 million — a quarter of a billion — new cases of COVID last month alone in that country. 

CNN says the new Chinese COVID count, as reported by Bloomberg News and the Financial Times, was revealed by China’s National Health Commission [NHC] but that it has not been confirmed. Both Bloomberg and the Times said that on “last Tuesday alone, 37 million people were newly infected with COVID-19 across China. That stood in dramatic contrast to the official number of 3,049 new infections reported that day.” Meanwhile, Beijing officially reported just eight COVID deaths in December. 

A worrisome report in a separate Epoch Times edition notes that while the disease spreads across the country unchecked, NHC has given the authorities in Beijing the okay to let Chinese travelers begin booking international travel.  Research indicates that “Chinese residents are rushing to book overseas trips … Chinese travel platform Tongcheng Travel released data on Dec. 27, showing that the number of searches for visas to go abroad increased by 10 times, and the search volume of international air tickets soared by 850 percent … Japan, Thailand, South Korea, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and the UK were among the most searched destinations.”

U.S. reaction to the news was swift with new restrictions for travelers coming from China, Hong Kong and Macau. NPR reports the Centers for Disease Control [CDC] is now requiring “all passengers over the age of 2 [from those locations] must show a negative PCR or monitored antigen test no more than two days before their departure, whether it is a direct flight or an indirect one through another country.”

Not so for the European Union [EU]. The 27 nations in the EU have decided — at least for now — to ignore the Chinese threat of a new pandemic. Brigitte Autran, head of the French health risk assessment committee, says “from a scientific point of view, there is no reason at this stage to bring back controls at the borders,” according to Reuters. Only Italy is not observing the EU protocol; that country was hard hit when the COVID pandemic got started way back when and they are not taking any chances now — at least for the time being. The news agency says that when the international airport at the Italian city of Milan resumed testing passengers arriving from Beijing they found that almost half of them tested positive for COVID.

The news from China couldn’t come at a worse time now that Deutsche Welle [DW], the state-owned German broadcasting company, is reporting that the pandemic may be winding up in the not to distant future. DW cites Dr. Christian Drosten, head of virology at Berlin’s Charite University Hospital, who reported that “We are experiencing the first endemic wave with Sars-CoV-2 this winter; in my estimation the pandemic is over.” German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann took Drosten’s declaration to heart and is calling for an end to all restrictive COVID measures that are in place in Germany.

As comforting as the news from Germany might be, what’s happening in China is devastatingly scary.  Chang Che, Asia technology correspondent for the New York Times, reports that “a picture is emerging of the virus spreading like wildfire” in China. A Christmas Day article he wrote indicates that Beijing may be deliberately issuing false COVID counts. 

Of late, “state media outlets have downplayed COVID’s severity, focusing on stories of recovery rather than of severe illness. The result has been a one-sided presentation of an outbreak that some experts believe could cause over a million deaths in the coming months. China has acknowledged only seven deaths from COVID in the past two weeks and a few thousand new cases daily, which health experts call a vast undercount … Karen Grepin, a public health expert at the University of Hong Kong, estimates that China could be facing tens of millions of new cases a day, based on estimates extrapolated from Hong Kong’s own outbreak this year.”

It remains unknown whether outbreaks of new COVID variants in China can or will find their way into other countries the way it did the first time around. But the news is being taken seriously, at least in the U.S. A separate Newsmax report points out that “there are mounting concerns in the international community on the ongoing COVID-19 surges in China and the lack of transparent data, including viral genomic sequence data, being reported from the PRC [COVID tests],” according U.S. officials.

In other news, a new term emerged not long ago, “long COVID.” It refers to the recurrence of post-COVID symptoms that can last for weeks, months and even years. Newsmax Health recently delved into the phenomenon and found that “millions of people worldwide have had long COVID, reporting symptoms including fatigue, lung problems, and brain fog and other neurological symptoms. Evidence suggests most recover substantially within a year, but recent data show that it has contributed to more than 3,500 U.S. deaths.”

The Newsmax report says that some 30% of COVID victims will develop long COVID and that a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that “most people who have lingering, recurrent or new symptoms after infection will recover after about three months. Among those with symptoms at three months, about 15% will continue to have symptoms for at least nine more months.”

John Grimaldi served on the first non-partisan communications department in the New York State Assembly and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Priva Technologies, Inc. He has served for more than thirty years as a Trustee of Daytop Village Foundation, which oversees a worldwide drug rehabilitation network.

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Robin Walter Boyd
2 months ago

And the hits keep on coming from Communist China. Irony is a double-edged sword. In this case, the nation that committed a biological attack on the world may well pay the highest price for having done so. Fauci must be so proud.

2 months ago

Even with testimony from credible German medical personnel…I struggle to believe this. Something is indeed occurring in China…for me what is unclear. Covid is an easy believable scapegoat. Time will tell this story.

joe mchugh
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeri

jeri, visit the “youtube” site. Search for “China covid”. Every city in China is experiencing a real horror story. The hospital morgue, and funeral home spaces are literally jammed with filled caskets awaiting disposition.

India is about to eclipse the population of China. In a few more months India will certainly be larger in population than China.

David Millikan
2 months ago

Communist China released China Virus on the world which is an
Act of War.
Not only did they do it once but doing it a second time sending Chinese citizens ALL OVER the WORLD AGAIN instigating another
Act of War with China Virus.
Guess when they launch Nuclear Weapons in an Act of War the world will sit idly by again.
We all know that DICTATOR Beijing biden won’t do anything just like obama did nothing for 8 years but
Sell Out the United States since they

Dan W.
2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

At least President Trump pushed through Operation Warp Speed so that we could be a little more prepared this time around.

Donald Lonhart
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

My life (89yrs) and working in all aspects of health care facilities until retiring at age 75, The whole thing is intended to cripple the people of the world. I took a flu shot in 1975 and was very sick for 10 days. Since then NEVER TOOK ANOTHER FLU SHOT, inspite of threats of losing my job (Pharmacist). They always backed off and I never again was sick from the Flu! and do not even get colds. The proticals to cure this flu
are well known, but the governments of the world made it unlawful to take the combination with Ivermectin of the 5 drugs which are available in the US only by prescription. The phony vaccines are killing many people and GUESS WHAT! The hospitals are full of patients who were fully “vaccinated”. My best friend in the whole world took the jap against my advice and die of a massive blood clot. I will step down from my soap box now.

joe mchugh
2 months ago
Reply to  Donald Lonhart

Donald Lonhart, your information about vaccinated people dying from later COVID
infection has been reported by many other sources. As I understand it, the injections are only effective for six months at best, then you are again susceptible to developing COVID.

Worse, the infected people who had been inoculated were more at risk of dying than those who declined the vaccination.

I have read about children dying from the blood clot symptom, but your account of the blood clot catastrophe in an older patient is the first one that I have seen. This awful side effect might be associated with certain genetic traits, but I haven’t seen such reports yet.

By the way, I read about the autopsy of one child who died from the blood clot problem. The doctor said that every blood vessel in the boy’s body contained blood clots!

2 months ago
Reply to  David Millikan

With the new team in the house they need to start an investigation of the Biden s. Treason easily proved by Hunters lap top. What the hell are they waiting for. This corruption bad for the nation and all the people. Democrats ,Republicans and anyone else.I can only say one thing “ HELP

2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

what are they (republicans) waiting for? maybe to get their act together and select a speaker.

joe mchugh
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike, ….. “What the hell are they waiting for?” Are you being serious?

Hunter Biden is the son of Joe Biden, the President of the United States. The F.B.I. Directer serves at the pleasure of Joe. That director has every reason to look the other way concerning Hunter’s laptop.

Is there any citizen in the United States that still thinks we are all subject to the same laws?

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