China’s top medical adviser says omicron’s risks same as flu

12 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Chinese officials are maintaining their policy of playing down the risks of the coronavirus as the country moves towards an end to its Coivd Zero policy. Bloomberg reports on their latest guidance.

Chinese officials continued to downplay the risks of Covid-19 as restrictions are eased, with a top medical adviser saying the fatality rate from the omicron variant of the virus is in line with influenza.

The death rate from omicron is around 0.1%, similar to the common flu, and the infection rarely reaches the lungs, Zhong Nanshan was quoted in an interview with state news agency Xinhua. Most people recover from the variant within seven to 10 days, he said.

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