China Top Expert Hints At When to Return to ‘Normalcy’

China’s top health expert highlighted two conditions for the country to return to “normalcy” which he emphasized will be achieved by sticking to the government’s zero COVID-19 policy.

Zhong Nanshan, head of China’s COVID-19 task force, said in a conference that China will return to normalcy once the fatality rate of COVID-19 falls to nearly 0.1 percent or similar to influenza’s, the state media Global Times reported.

However, the global death rate still stands at over 1.9 percent, far off from China’s target. 

Zhong added that the transmission rate of the virus must also remain between 1 and 1.5.

To achieve these requisites, Zhong maintained that the country needs to fully vaccinate to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19, carry out mass prevention and control, and develop treatment drugs.

Chinese authorities must stick to the country’s zero COVID-19 case policy to battle the new Omicron variant, said Zhong, claiming that the strategy has been “the best in all aspects” which some countries should learn from.

Some 79 percent of the country’s 1.4 billion population have been fully vaccinated, according to the National Health Commission. In October, Zhong said that herd immunity would be reached at around 80 percent.

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