The United States is hopeful that China can address the current COVID-19 outbreak as virus numbers are a global concern given the size of China’s economy, State Department spokesman Ned Price said. on Monday.
“The rate of the virus worries the rest of the world given the size of China’s GDP, given the size of China’s economy,” Price said during a daily briefing at the State Department.
“The fact that China is in a stronger position against COVID is not only good for China but also good for the rest of the world,” said Price.
He added that anytime a virus spreads, it has the potential to mutate and pose a threat everywhere. “We’ve seen that across many different variants of this virus, and that’s certainly another reason why we’re so focused on helping countries around the world tackle COVID,” he said.
China reported its first COVID-related deaths in weeks on Monday amid growing doubts about whether official statistics capture the full number of cases. are raging throughout the cities after the government relaxes strict anti-virus controls or not.
Monday’s two deaths were the first reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) since December 3, days before Beijing announced it was lifting its containment measures. have largely kept the virus under control for three years but sparked widespread protests last month.
The low death toll since restrictive measures were lifted on December 7 is not in line with the experience of other countries following similar moves. Officially China has only had 5,237 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic, including the two latest deaths, a tiny fraction of the country’s 1.4 billion population.
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