Chinese officials have declared victory in COVID-19 prevention and control following last year’s policy reversal.
China declares ‘decisive victory’ over COVID-19
China’s top leaders have declared a “decisive victory” over COVID-19, saying its efforts led to more than 200 million people getting medical treatment and the country having the world’s lowest fatality rate.
“With continuous efforts to optimise COVID-19 prevention and control measures since November 2022, China’s COVID-19 response has made a smooth transition in a relatively short time,” China’s Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) remarked in a meeting on Thursday.
“A major decisive victory in epidemic prevention and control has been achieved.”
Nearly 800,000 severe cases received proper treatment, but leaders cautioned that while the epidemic situation continues to improve in China, the virus is still spreading globally and continues to mutate, according to state media.