Despite contact among different countries and regions tightly controlled on a global scale, the resumption of international interaction will pose a huge risk to China as the overseas COVID-19 pandemic may spread to China, said Zhang Wenhong, a prominent Chinese infectious disease expert. He made his remarks during a TV program broadcasted on Thursday.






The COVID-19 pandemic is more serious than we imagined, said Zhang, noting that the world as a whole has not faced a second wave as the first wave has never actually stopped. 

Many countries and regions, such as the countries in Europe, have been effective in combating the first wave of the virus, but they will still face risks of COVID-19 outbreaks after they open their cities to resume normal work and production, he noted.

There are over 18.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, with more than 704,000 deaths, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

As of August 5, the Chinese mainland has reported 84,528 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 282 asymptomatic patients currently under medical observation, according to the Chinese health authority.



A total of 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, including 30 locally transmitted cases, said the authority.

Zhang noted that China had been successful in combatting the first wave and will probably still need to ensure strict prevention and control measures for imported cases for a long time.

China should remain vigilant to uphold the relevant prevention measures until countries around the world have also achieved success, Zhang said.

The experts have realized the upcoming autumn season will pose another challenge for virus prevention and control, but the risk has actually arrived earlier than expected, as the virus didn't follow the previous path of other similar viruses such as SARS and H1N1 to be controlled during the summer months, noted Zhang, adding the second wave in some regions had already begun due to prevention measures not being strictly enforced.

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COVID-19 spread from overseas poses huge risk to China





Despite contact among different countries and regions tightly controlled on a global scale, the resumption of international interaction will pose a huge risk to China as the overseas COVID-19 pandemic may spread to China, said Zhang Wenhong, a prominent Chinese infectious disease expert. He made his remarks during a TV program broadcasted on Thursday.






The COVID-19 pandemic is more serious than we imagined, said Zhang, noting that the world as a whole has not faced a second wave as the first wave has never actually stopped. 

Many countries and regions, such as the countries in Europe, have been effective in combating the first wave of the virus, but they will still face risks of COVID-19 outbreaks after they open their cities to resume normal work and production, he noted.

There are over 18.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, with more than 704,000 deaths, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

As of August 5, the Chinese mainland has reported 84,528 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 282 asymptomatic patients currently under medical observation, according to the Chinese health authority.



A total of 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, including 30 locally transmitted cases, said the authority.

Zhang noted that China had been successful in combatting the first wave and will probably still need to ensure strict prevention and control measures for imported cases for a long time.

China should remain vigilant to uphold the relevant prevention measures until countries around the world have also achieved success, Zhang said.

The experts have realized the upcoming autumn season will pose another challenge for virus prevention and control, but the risk has actually arrived earlier than expected, as the virus didn't follow the previous path of other similar viruses such as SARS and H1N1 to be controlled during the summer months, noted Zhang, adding the second wave in some regions had already begun due to prevention measures not being strictly enforced.

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