A New Covid Variant affecting China


On Monday a fast-spreading of a “stealth omicron” variant fuels China’s biggest outbreak since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

The National Health Commission reported 1,337 locally transmitted cases in the latest 24-hour period, including 895 in the industrial province of Jilin. Hundreds of cases were reported in other provinces and cities along China’s east coast and even inland as well. Beijing, which had six news cases, and Shanghai, with 41, locked down residential and office buildings where infected people had been found.

“Every day when I go to work, I worry that if our office building will suddenly be locked down then I won’t be able to get home, so I have bought a sleeping bag and stored some fast food in the office in advance, just in case,” said Yimeng Li, a Shanghai resident.

Many people are having to leave those areas, and do many different tests. The highest cases of covid are in hong kong, they’re the highest since COVID-19 killed thousands in the central city of Wuhan in early 2020. On Monday they reported 26,908 new cases and 249 deaths in the last 24-hour period. 

The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, said authorities would not tighten pandemic restrictions for now. “I have to consider whether the public, whether the people would accept further measures,” she said at a press briefing.

Much of the current outbreak across Chinese cities is being driven by the variant commonly known as “stealth omicron,” which spread faster than the original omicron and virus. 

“But if our country opens up quickly now, it will cause a large number of infections in people in a short period of time,” Zhang wrote Monday. “No matter how low the death rate is, it will still cause a run on medical resources and a short term shock to social life, causing irreparable harm to families and society.”