Covid surge in China has become worrisome in Telangana and elsewhere


The sharp increase in daily infections and the forecast that at least one million people will die from Covid in 2023 has caused a sense of deja-vu, not only among the general public, but also among public health officials.

Date of publication – 21:22, Tuesday – 20 December 22

The rise of Covid in China has become alarming in Telangana and other places

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Hyderabad: The rapid rise in Covid infections and deaths in China has become an alarming development as Telangana and other Indian states have had to endure the Covid-19 pandemic for over two years.

The sharp increase in daily infections and the forecast that at least one million people will die from Covid in 2023 has caused a sense of deja-vu, not only among the general public, but also among public health officials.

After a gap of more than two years, people are starting to travel to countries around the world in a big way and the continued rise in Covid infections in China could lead to similar Covid waves as seen earlier. The unabated spread of infections could also lead to the emergence of a new strain that could cause new waves, health officials here fear.

“This is worrying because what happens in China does not stay in China. Wuhan was a lesson three years ago. The current spread of Covid is not only an unfolding tragedy, but also puts the local population at great risk. Think about the public health and wider implications of global supply chains,” said Dr Sangita Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospitals.

He added, “There is certainly no need to panic about the rise in infections in China. However, having said that, there is no room for inertia. We need to act quickly on our policy on air travel to and from China.”

Geneticists and public health specialists also believe that the uncontrolled spread of Covid infections taking place in China may cause a greater risk of the virus evolving and accumulating more mutations.

Dr. Vinod Scaria, a senior scientist at the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi (IGIB), took to the microblogging site and tweeted, “In addition to avoiding the death that could result from the uncontrolled spread of Covid, there is a greater risk of SARSCoV2 evolving by accumulating more mutations.”

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