China says peak COVID infections exceeded 7 million daily, deaths more than 4,000 daily

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s daily new COVID-19 infections hit a peak of more than 7 million per day around Dec. 22, while deaths reached a daily peak of more than 4,000 on Jan. 4, the country’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. The figures, published on the centre’s website, come after a prominent government scientist said over the weekend that 80% of China’s 1.4 billion population have already been infected, making the possibility of a big COVID-19 rebound over the next two or three months remote. “Around December 22, 2022, the number of infected people and the nu…

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