According to a Peking University study, as of January 11th, 900 million people in China have the coronavirus.
According to the report, 64% of the population is infected with the virus.
It places Gansu province at the top, with 91% of the population reportedly affected, followed by Yunnan (84%) and Qinghai (80%).
The lunar new year will see an increase in cases in rural China, according to a renowned Chinese epidemiologist.
Zeng Guang, the former chairman of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, added that the peak of the COVID wave in China is anticipated to last two to three months.
In preparation for the lunar new year, which begins on January 23, hundreds of millions of Chinese are making their way back to their hometowns, many for the first time since the pandemic started.
Since adopting zero COV, China has ceased to provide daily COV statistics.
But as the virus has spread across the nation, people with COVID have flocked to hospitals in large cities, where medical services are better and more easily available.
One health official in China’s central Henan province said earlier this month that nearly 90% of the population there had COVID, with similar rates observed in urban and rural areas. Henan is the only province to have provided information on infection rates.
The peak of illnesses, according to government officials, has passed in many provinces and cities.
The largest yearly human migration in the world takes place during the Lunar New Year celebrations in China, which begin on January 21.
China’s “zero CO2” policies were abruptly abandoned last month. On Sunday, its borders were also reopened.
Chinese officials announced in December that they intended to publish monthly rather than daily updates on the country’s COVID condition.
In response, after having technical discussions with the WHO over the past month, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin emphasised once more at a routine news briefing on Thursday that Beijing has been disclosing COVID data in “a timely, open, and transparent manner by the law.”
According to international health experts, China will experience at least a million deaths from COVID this year. Beijing has officially declared one of the lowest fatality rates in the world, with just over 5,000 deaths since the pandemic started.