China study says Wuhan COVID infections 3 times higher than official figure – Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The number of individuals who have actually been infected with COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was initially identified, might be around three times the main figure, according to a study by Chinese researchers based in the city.FILE PHOTO: Visitors attend an exhibit on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) break out, at Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that previously served as a makeshift health center for COVID-19 clients in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 31, 2020. It found that 1.68% of those from Wuhan contained antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that triggers COVID-19, compared to 0.59% in surrounding Hubei province and 0.38% in the rest of China.With the citys total population at more than 10 million, the researchers estimated that as many as 168,000 Wuhan homeowners were contaminated with the virus, compared to the official number of 50,340 hospitalised cases.The research study suggested at least two thirds of the overall number were asymptomatic, and thousands could have been infected after the “elimination” of medical cases, raising the possibility the virus might exist in a neighborhood for a long duration without causing hospitalisations.A different study released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late last month put the “seroprevalence” rate in Wuhan, the percentage of the population with antibodies, even higher at 4.43%, suggesting that around half a million people in the city could have been infected.COVID-19 was recognized in Wuhan at the end of 2019, with the first outbreak associated with a seafood market in the city.

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