According to data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half a million residents of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan may have been infected with this deadly bug-nearly ten times the record.
According to CNN, a study by the agency used a sample of about 1 million residents in Hubei Province and 34,000 people from other cities in central China metropolises in Beijing, Shanghai and several other provinces to estimate the infection rate.
Approximately 4.4% of the tests conducted in Wuhan City were found to have specific antibodies against the virus, and Wuhan City has reported 50,354 confirmed cases.
The study tried to estimate the range of infection in the previous population by testing antibodies in the population in serum samples.
According to CNN, this study was conducted in April, a month when China “contained the first COVID-1
Studies have shown that the prevalence rate outside Wuhan is significantly lower. In other cities in Hubei (including provincial capitals), only 0.44% of the residents studied were found to have antibodies.
Outside Hubei, only two of the more than 12,000 people surveyed had antibodies detected.
Huang Yanzhong, senior researcher for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, said the study emphasized that part of the reason for the underreporting of infection rates during the Wuhan outbreak was confusion and failure to include asymptomatic cases.
Huang Renxun said that the much lower housing prices in other Chinese cities shows that “China’s containment efforts are indeed rapid and effective, especially when compared to cities like New York.”
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention emphasized the country’s victory in containing the virus when it announced the results on Monday.
The results of the study show that the population infection rate in our country is very low. This shows that China has successfully controlled the epidemic with Wuhan as its main battlefield and effectively controlled the large-scale spread of this epidemic. “