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Omicron already widely spread before zero-Covid lifting

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Omicron infection numbers already surged before China lifted zero-Covid. “The increasingly intense spread happened long before the measures were changed,” Mike Ryan, WHO’s emergency coordinator, said at a news conference in Geneva. According to the statement, the lifting of measures did not trigger the current Covid wave. In fact, zero-Covid failed to contain the virus for quite some time. This was the only way to explain why Omicron has already spread so far across China.

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