brussels [Belgium]Jan 5 (ANI): A top European health official on Thursday welcomed the EU’s agreement on a coordinated response to the Covid-19 situation in China and called on Beijing to provide transparent data on its epidemiological situation.
EU member states agreed on Wednesday to recommend that passengers arriving from China be tested for Covid-19 and wear face masks before flying.
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“I welcome the agreement of Member States at yesterday’s IPCR (EU Integrated Political Crisis Response) meeting on a coordinated response to the #Covid19 situation in China. China must transparently share data on its current situation,” tweeted EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Kyriakides .
The EU official also said that European regional and global cooperation is the only way to deal with the epidemic.
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In early December, China dropped its zero-coronavirus policy, leading to a sudden spike in cases.
As much as 40% of the Chinese population has been infected with Covid-19 in the past month due to the rising number of cases in the country, Asia Times reported, citing medical experts.
Chinese epidemiologist Zeng Guang said that since most Chinese cities reported that 50% of their people had tested positive, it was reasonable to estimate that an average of about 40% of the country’s population may have been infected, the Hong Kong-based English-language news outlet reported.
On Wednesday, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus again asked China to share reliable data on COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the country.
“We continue to demand more rapid, regular, and reliable data on hospitalizations and deaths from China, as well as more comprehensive, real-time sequencing of the virus,” Tedros told a news conference in Geneva, according to a transcript of a media briefing released by the WHO. on the website.
The Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) met on January 3 to discuss the Covid-19 situation in mainland China.
During the meeting, scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention presented what they said were genomic data on imported and locally acquired cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Analysis by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the Omicron lineages BA.5.2 and BF.7 predominated among locally acquired infections, the WHO said in a statement. “Based on genome sequencing, BA.5.2 and BF.7 together accounted for 97.5% of all local infections,” the statement added. (Arnie)
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