Coronavirus: as China hits record 40,052 daily cases, can zero-Covid continue?

  • Case numbers will increase if stringent measures are not sustainable, Hong Kong epidemiologist says, warning of winter surge
  • End mass PCR tests, focus resources on severe cases and boost elderly vaccination rates, public health experts advise

The latest Covid-19 waves in China have revealed more transmissible but less lethal strains of the coronavirus, but it is too early to be optimistic, public health experts have warned.

Just days after China relaxed some zero-Covid measures, infection numbers in the current outbreak hit a new high of 40,052 on Monday, with 36,304 yet to show symptoms.

As of Monday, 104 cases were identified as “severe”, with seven deaths recorded so far. All patients who died were over 80 and had comorbidities.

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