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Will President Xi's Third Term Ease Draconian Zero-Covid Measures?

China touts the regime's low COVID death toll as proof of its "success" in containing the pandemic on the Chinese mainland.

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a woman to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on May 19, 2020. - Authorities in the pandemic ground zero city of Wuhan have ordered mass COVID-19 testing for all 11 million residents after a new cluster of cases emerged. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

The world hasn't been the same since late 2019. That's when China inadvertently sent the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, beyond its borders. The virus's origin, how it was transmitted to humans, and why China failed to inform the rest of the world in time remain topics of debate three years since the outbreak.

Appalling Numbers

According to the WHO website, globally, as of 10 October 2022, 618,521,620 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,534,725 deaths, were reported to the organization. At the beginning of the month, a total of 12,723,216,322 vaccine doses had been administered. Of the documented 6.5 million fatalities, China, the first epicenter of the outbreak, accounts for less than 27,000!

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