1.5 million people could die from Omicron if China were to relax its Covid controls, study warns

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A new study has forecast that China could see more than 1.5 million deaths from Omicron infections if stringent Covid-19 controls were lifted without wider vaccine coverage and access to antiviral therapies. A model published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine on May 10, 2022, by Chinese and US researchers suggests that the outbreak that began with 20 Omicron cases in March 2022, could have generated a “tsunami” of Covid-19 cases between May and July had it been left unchecked. The study found the outbreak would have caused 112 million symptomatic cases, with 2.7 million of them requiring intensive care treatment.

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