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Coronavirus: COVID-19 expert claims pandemic will get worse – but not in China

China’s top coronavirus expert claims pandemic will get worse globally, but insists a second wave is ‘very unlikely’ in its country

  • Dr. Zhong Nanshan, who led China’s fight against the virus, claimed today
  • The expert said a second wave was already beginning to devastate countries around the world
  • But it is “very unlikely” that another COVID-19 outbreak will hit China, he insisted.
  • Dr. Zhong’s assurance comes as Xinjiang grapples with a new virus cluster

Beijing’s chief medical advisor has claimed that it is “very unlikely” that China will experience a second wave of coronavirus, although the pandemic will continue to devastate the rest of the world.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, who was appointed to lead the country’s fight against COVID-19, said today that a second wave had already hit many countries around the world as the global health crisis worsened during the approaching winter.

But the Chinese expert insisted that another round of COVID-19 outbreak is “very unlikely” in his country, which has “a complete set of defense and control mechanisms” against the virus.

Beijing’s chief medical advisor has claimed it is “ very unlikely ” that China will experience a second wave of coronavirus, although the pandemic will continue to devastate the rest of the world. This file photo depicts commuters crossing a road in Beijing on October 22

Dr. Zhong Nanshan (pictured in the file photo on Feb. 27), who was appointed to lead the country's fight against COVID-19, said today that a second wave had already hit many countries around the world as the global health crisis worsened during the approaching winter.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan (pictured in the file photo on Feb. 27), who was appointed to lead the country's fight against COVID-19, said today that a second wave had already hit many countries around the world as the global health crisis worsened during the approaching winter.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan (pictured in the file photo on Feb. 27), who was appointed to lead the country’s fight against COVID-19, said today that a second wave had already hit many countries around the world as the global health crisis worsened during the approaching winter.

Despite Dr. Zhong’s assurances that China is virus-free, the country has experienced a local COVID-19 outbreak in the Muslim-dominated region of Xinjiang, where more than 190 people have been infected as of Saturday.

The new virus cluster, linked to a local garment factory in Kashgar, Xinjiang, prompted the local government to test all 4.75 million people across the region.

Last Thursday, authorities registered a total of 45 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 152 asymptomatic infections, according to a statement today.

While Xinjiang officials are doing their best to contain the local outbreak, Dr. Zhong said that a second wave in China is “very unlikely”, despite the “sporadic outbreaks”.

Despite Dr. Zhong's assurances that China is virus-free, the country has seen a local COVID-19 outbreak in the Muslim-dominant region of Xinjiang, where more than 190 people have been infected. The file photo shows residents being screened in Urumqi, Xinjiang on August 13

Despite Dr. Zhong that China is virus-free, the country has experienced a local COVID-19 outbreak in the Muslim-dominated Xinjiang region, where more than 190 people have been infected. The file photo shows residents in Urumqi, Xinjiang, on August 13

Despite Dr. Zhong’s assurances that China is virus-free, the country has seen a local COVID-19 outbreak in the Muslim-dominant region of Xinjiang, where more than 190 people have been infected. The file photo shows residents on Aug. 13 in Urumqi, Xinjiang

But according to the Chinese epidemiologist, it is very unlikely that a new outbreak will hit his country. The photo shows people dining at a restaurant in Beijing on October 16

But according to the Chinese epidemiologist, it is very unlikely that a new outbreak will hit his country. The photo shows people dining at a restaurant in Beijing on October 16

But it is “very unlikely” that another outbreak will hit its country, the Chinese epidemiologist said. The photo shows people dining at a restaurant in Beijing on October 16

At a health conference on Friday, the Chinese expert predicted that the pandemic, which has sickened more than 45 million people worldwide, will get worse as winter approaches.

He claimed that a second wave had already broken out worldwide that continued to devastate many countries.

But it is “very unlikely” that another outbreak will hit its country, the Chinese epidemiologist said.

“Because we have a complete set of defense and control mechanisms,” Dr. Zhong said quoted saying.

Dr. Zhong, Beijing’s chief medical expert, has said a second wave in China is “very unlikely” despite the “sporadic outbreaks.” A Chinese tourist without a mask poses for a photo while visiting the Bund promenade along Shanghai’s Huangpu River on October 23

Beijing's happy showers are coming as the rest of the world is still grappling with a spike in COVID-19 infections. Commuters wear masks when they leave a London tube station on Thursday

Beijing's happy showers are coming as the rest of the world is still grappling with a spike in COVID-19 infections. Commuters wear masks when they leave a London tube station on Thursday

The buzz in Beijing comes as the rest of the world is still grappling with a spike in COVID-19 infections. Commuters wear masks when they leave a London tube station on Thursday

“In my opinion, according to China’s current epidemic prevention system and its intensity, I don’t think the second wave of outbreaks will erupt China.”

The buzz in Beijing comes as the rest of the world is still grappling with a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Estimates published today indicate that more than 568,000 people in England were infected with the virus between October 17 and October 23, an increase of 50 percent from the week before.

Traffic around Paris hit an all-time high just hours before a new national lockdown took effect across France on Friday.

On Thursday, the US broke the daily record for new infections by reporting more than one new case every second.

Meanwhile, the number of reported cases of coronavirus in the Middle East has risen more than 3 million, with the actual number likely even higher, reports said.

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