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The coronavirus epidemic in China has become more difficult to control in recent weeks, as the number of new infections has increased compared to the past, mainly due to infections caused by a mutated virus that has been “re-imported” from abroad. financial times. As of November 6, China’s National Health Commission has reported 74 new infections, 50 of which are of local origin. The cases involve the majority of the country’s 31 provinces, so the virus has launched the most widespread attack since early 2020, when the epidemic started from Wuhan in China and then around the world.

Just before the increase in the number of infections, the Chinese authorities announced that they would continue to follow a strict anti-epidemic policy (the zero-zovide policy) despite the easing of restrictions in neighboring countries. Local experts predict a difficult winter and spring in the fight against the epidemic precisely because of the “laxity” of the neighbors. The Beijing Olympics in February 2022 will not ease their condition.

After the outbreak of the epidemic, the Chinese authorities were able to curb the epidemic by the middle of 2020 with strict closures and strict border controls, which reduced infections. According to official data from Beijing, five thousand people died of coronavirus disease, while 2.3 billion doses of vaccine were injected, according to vaccine information from the British Business newspaper, the highest number in the world. The Delta version of the coronavirus, which was released in the country in July, was met with additional restrictions.

Characteristic of the rigor is that tens of thousands of visitors have been locked up at Shanghai Disneyland for mass testing these days after an infection linked to the park was discovered. The government has warned the public not to stockpile food in preparation for a possible shutdown. As a result of austerity, China’s GDP growth slowed to 4.9 percent annually in the third quarter, although export growth of 27 percent in October exceeded analysts’ expectations.

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Meanwhile, at the other end of the world, in the United Kingdom, scientists and doctors are confident that the current wave of the coronavirus epidemic will peak in the archipelago at the end of October. financial times of the article. This would challenge the European continent, where the fourth wave of the epidemic is growing in many countries. According to the country’s statistics office (ONS), the number of people who tested positive before October 30 in England, Scotland and Wales was about the same as in the previous week.

For the first time in weeks, the number of infections in English secondary schools has decreased, epidemiologist Sarah Crofts said, although the data remains high. At the same time, the so-called R-index, which indicates the number of people who transmit the virus to each infected person, decreased to 0.9-1.1. The numbers below indicate a slowdown in the epidemic. However, as the number of infections remains high and the coronavirus pandemic could hit a flu pandemic, the National Health Service (NHS) is waiting for the next few weeks.

The particularly good news is that the number of infections is declining in more than 80 years, which experts attribute to the third vaccination, the booster vaccination, or the booster. The government made it easier to apply for the third vaccination in the first days of November, and those who received the second vaccination five months ago can now apply. So far, the limit has been six months. So far, nine million people in the island nation have received booster vaccinations, especially for those over 50 and those with a serious illness over the age of 16. They are being made available to workers in the social and health sectors.

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