In recent weeks, several states near China have reported significant easing of entry and exit rules - in Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, South Korea and other countries, as we previously reported on the pages of this site.
Because of this, messages began to appear in foreign Wechat groups that allegedly China has similar plans for a significant easing of entry rules. However, we are not aware of the existence of official sources of such plans, but on the contrary, only yesterday the chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention answered the questions of Chinese journalists, who did not provide any information about the plans to simplify the rules of entry and exit to China.
The chief epidemiologist of the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention reaffirmed that, given the current epidemic situation in China, striving to achieve complete clearance of the coronavirus in a short period of time is still the most cost-effective and effective prevention and control strategy.
The chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that as the vaccination rate of the population with the new vaccine becomes higher and higher, the population's immunity to coronavirus continues to improve, and the pathogenicity of the Omicron variant strain itself is not as strong as other strains. Clinical severity did decrease in proportion to the number of cases per 100 cases. Asymptomatic infection is only a concept of a temporary condition. An asymptomatic infection today may become mild or widespread tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, and we must pay more attention to the level of infectivity.
The chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that due to the rapid spread of the Omicron strain and the large number of infected people, the fatality rate, as well as the social damage and consequences caused by the epidemic, have not decreased. The study compared the mortality rates of the respective countries for two time periods: August-October 2021 and November-January 2022. In the first three months, delta strains prevailed, and in this month, the Omicron strain prevailed. The fatality rate did drop during the Omicron epidemic, but the total fatality due to the outbreak was higher over the same period than during the delta strain. This shows that the prevalence of the Omicron strain has not reduced the overall harm to the country.
The chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said: "The harm of the Omicron strain is still serious, this strain is not an 'ordinary influenza'.