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China’s Covid-19 Outbreak Has US Worried About New Variants


China's Covid-19 outbreak has the US worried about new variants

The US hopes China can bring the current Covid-19 outbreak under control. (File)

The United States fears the Covid-19 outbreak that broke out in China could create new mutations in the virus, as the world’s most populous country continues to grapple with the impact of loosening protocols. Covid Zero” stopped the pandemic.

“When it comes to the current outbreak in China, we would like to see this resolved,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a news conference on Monday. “We know that any time a virus spreads in the wild, it has the potential to mutate and pose a threat to people everywhere.”

Chinese cities are seeing a wave of Covid-19 cases, with concerns growing that the government may be hiding the true number of the virus after years of insisting that the Communist Party has handle the virus more skillfully than the West. On Monday, police and security guards pushed journalists out of a crematorium in Beijing.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Price’s remarks.

Covid-19 turns around

The outbreak has intensified following the government’s decision to lift a series of strict restrictions, including quarantine and isolation procedures, that have largely isolated China’s 1.4 billion people from the impact. worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

China’s turn away from Covid-19 follows protests in late November in many Chinese cities after containment measures were blamed for deaths following a fire in the area. Xinjiang western country.

Health authorities, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have been looking for new variations like delta or omicron as the Covid-19 wave hits different countries around the world. According to the CDC, the new variants “allow the virus to spread more easily or make it resistant to treatments or vaccines.”

The United States – which is sending a delegation led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Beijing at the start of the new year – hopes China can bring the current Covid-19 outbreak under control in part because of any further blows. into this Asian country could do further damage to the globe. economy, Price said.

“The rate of spread of the virus is a concern for the rest of the world, given the size of China’s GDP,” he said. “It’s not only good for China to be in a stronger position against Covid, but it’s also good for the rest of the world.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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