Leading COVID-19 Expert Says When China's Borders Can Reopen

By Lars James Hamer, December 9, 2021

0 0

China's leading COVID-19 expert, Zhong Nanshan, has outlined two conditions the country needs to meet and maintain in order for an opening of the country’s borders. 

The first requirement is that deaths from COVID-19 need to fall to a rate of 0.1%. 

According to statistics from Bloomberg, the current rate of global deaths from COVID-19 is 1.9%.

Zhong went on to add that the virus’s reproduction rate needs to be within 1 to 1.5. A virus’s reproduction rate is a measure of how many people one patient can infect.

For these specific requirements to be met it is estimated that China will need its population to reach herd immunity. 

Herd immunity is defined as having 80 to 85% of the population vaccinated against COVID-19. 

READ MORE: Over 2 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered in China

According to Reuters, on December 8, 2021, China had already administered 2.56 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines. If this accounts for two doses per person, China has already vaccinated over 90% of the population. 

If these statistics are accurate, herd immunity in China may not be too far away. However, global death rates is holding us all back from travel in and out of China. 

READ MORE: Will China's Borders Really Remain Closed for Another Year?


[Cover image via Pixabay]

more news

72 Positive COVID-19 Cases in Beijing Olympic Pre-Games Period

Thirty-three cases were reported from 336,421 tests carried out within the 'closed-loop' established for the Games.

COVID-19: China’s Battle Against the Omicron Variant

China's battle against locally transmitted cases of the omicron variant has already begun with cases found in Tianjin.

China Issues COVID-19 Parcel Warning After Beijing Omicron Case

Case believed to have come from an international parcel from Canada.

Beijing’s Winter Olympics Warning as COVID-19 Wave Hits China

The warning comes as a number of outbreaks of COVID-19 occur across China.

Tianjin Tests All 14 Million Residents After COVID-19 Cluster

Entire population of the city will be tested over 48 hours.

Teaching Nomad's Brett Isis on Recruitment Beyond Covid and Regulations

With so many changes over this year and last, teachers are feeling antsy.

Leading COVID-19 Expert Says China Has Built Herd Immunity

Herd immunity could lead to quarantine free travel in and out of China.

Epidemiologist: ‘Xi’an COVID Wave Worst in China Since Wuhan’

The Shaanxi provincial capital remains under strict lockdown due to COVID-19.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsGuangzhou for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Guangzhou With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's !

Visit the archives