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Sun Jan 24, 2021, 01:10 PM

Fighting Covid-19 'like trying to catch rats in a china shop without breaking the plates', says Chin

Fighting Covid-19 ‘like trying to catch rats in a china shop without breaking the plates’, says Chinese expert

The world must prepare for a “protracted war” against Covid-19, a high-profile Chinese medical expert has warned, as he compared the effort to stop the disease spreading to catching rats in a china shop.

The warning came as China continues to battle sporadic outbreaks, mainly centred on the north and northeast of the country.

The national health commission reported 80 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, including 65 new local cases – down from 107 cases the previous day. It also recorded 92 new asymptomatic infections, which China does not classify as confirmed cases.

Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious diseases department at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, wrote on the social media platform Weibo: “The coronavirus has steadily occupied the planet and become a resident virus on the earth. After a year spreading, the virus is constantly mutating.

“We have seen the virus spread faster, but we have not seen that its virulence has been greatly reduced. This shows that we have to prepare for a protracted war.”

Zhang, one of the country’s best-known experts, also discussed Shanghai’s efforts to contain the disease, saying: “We hope to catch the rats without breaking the porcelain, and hope that the pandemic prevention will not have a big impact on social life.”

He said that the city was always trying to stay ahead of the virus, and all recent cases had been tracked quickly, but cases would happen as long as China remained open to the world.


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