Global concerns rise as little is known about Covid situation in China


So far there is no information about any new form of the virus, but China has been accused of not coming forward and giving information about the virus that first came to light in late 2019.

The move by many countries to make COVID-19 testing mandatory for travelers arriving from China reflects global concern that new variants may emerge during outbreaks and a lack of knowledge about it. So far there is no information about any new form of the virus, but China has been accused of not coming forward and giving information about the virus that first came to light in late 2019. There are still fears that China will not share information on any signs of emerging strains of the virus that could lead to a global outbreak.

The US, Japan, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Italy have announced mandatory Covid testing for travelers arriving from China. The US has cited increasing cases of infection and lack of other information, including genome sequencing, regarding the forms of the virus. Officials in Taiwan and Japan have expressed similar concerns. Wang Pei-sheng, head of Taiwan’s Epidemic Control Center, said, “The epidemic situation in China is not transparent at this time.” We have very limited information and that too is not accurate.” In Taiwan, from January 1, Kovid test will be mandatory for every passenger coming from China.

Some 30,000 Taiwanese are expected to return from China for the Lunar New Year in Taiwan. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida earlier this week also announced mandatory Covid testing for travelers arriving from China, raising concerns over the lack of more information. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday that many countries have not changed their policy for travelers coming from China. He said that people of all countries should be treated equally while taking any step.

There is a possibility of virus mutation in every case of infection and it is spreading rapidly in China. Scientists are not yet able to tell whether this means there will be an outbreak of a new form of virus in the world, but they are apprehensive that it could happen. Chinese health officials have said that the current outbreak is caused by the Omicron virus, which has also been seen in other countries. It said a surveillance system has been put in place to detect new worrisome variants of the virus.

Wu Junyu, chief epidemiologist of China’s Center for Disease Control, said on Thursday that if China detected any form of the virus, it had informed it in time. He said, “We do not keep anything hidden. All information is shared with the world.” Sebastian Guelde, a spokesman for Germany’s health ministry, said authorities have no indication that a more dangerous form of the virus has developed in this wave in China, but they Monitoring the situation.

The European Union is also assessing the situation and has said that the form of the virus prevalent in China is already active in Europe. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), has said that the organization will need more information about the severity of infection cases in China, and especially in relation to the recruitment of patients in hospitals and intensive care units there, so that the ground situation can be determined. to assess the overall risk of

Miles Yu, director of the China Center at the Hudson Institute in Washington, said the global skepticism and anger are directly related to China’s ruling Communist Party’s sudden decision to ease strict restrictions. “You can’t fool around with a zero-covid lockdown that has proven to be a failure … and then suddenly freeing up hordes of infected people to move out of China and into other countries,” Yu said in an email. Millions of people were put at risk of infection.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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