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May 11, 2022, 6:19 a.m. EDT

Coronavirus tally: WHO head censored in China after criticizing zero-COVID policy for being 'unsustainable'

The head of the World Health Organization is being censored on China's internet after criticizing its zero-COVID policy as being unsustainable. "When we talk about the zero-COVID strategy, we don't think that it is sustainable, considering the behavior of the virus now and what we anticipate in the future," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, CNN reported. Separately, a peer-reviewed report from Shanghai's Fudan University that published in the journal Nature on Tuesday found that China's level of immunity is not strong enough to fight an uncontrolled omicron epidemic, which could cause a "tsunami" of 1.55 million deaths if allowed to spread unchecked. COVID cases are rising across the U.S. again driven by the BA.2 variant of omicron, and two other subvariants that appear to be even more infectious. The two, named BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1, were highlighted by health officials in New York State recently. The U.S. is averaging 77,092 cases a day, up 52% from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The country is averaging 19,270 hospitalizations a day, up 19% from two weeks ago. The daily death toll has fallen below 400 to 365 on average. On a global basis, total cases are now above 518.8 million. Total deaths are above 6.25 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , with the U.S. still leading the way with 82 million cases and 998,069 deaths.

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