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China Estimates Covid Surge Is Infecting 37 Million People a Day

  • Minutes from top health body meeting show scale of hit so far
  • Virus unleashed in China after three years of keeping it out
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Why China’s Covid Death Numbers Don’t Stack Up

Nearly 37 million people in China may have been infected with Covid-19 on a single day this week, according to estimates from the government’s top health authority, making the country’s outbreak by far the world’s largest. 

As many as 248 million people, or nearly 18% of the population, likely contracted the virus in the first 20 days of December, according to minutes from an internal meeting of China’s National Health Commission held on Wednesday, confirmed with people involved in the discussions. If accurate, the infection rate would dwarf the previous daily record of about 4 million, set in January 2022.