China is experiencing a massive surge in coronavirus cases and hospitals are completely overwhelmed after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist, estimates that more than 60 percent of China and 10 percent of Earth’s population are likely to be infected over the next 90 days with deaths likely in the millions.
China has reported no Covid deaths in Beijing since the authorities announced four deaths between November 19 and 23. In a series of abrupt moves this month, China dismantled much of the lockdown, testing, and quarantine regimes that underpinned its ‘Zero Covid’ approach for the past three years to suppress even small outbreaks of the virus. Because of the lifting of testing requirements, the scale of China’s coronavirus surge has been hard to measure. Daily national case counts have steadily fallen as fewer people test themselves at public facilities, and health authorities earlier this week stopped releasing daily tallies of asymptomatic cases for the first time since the pandemic began.