STORY: Around 9,000 people in China are probably dying each day from COVID-19, UK-based health data firm Airfinity said on Thursday (Dec. 29), nearly doubling its estimate from a week ago, as infections ripped across the world's most populous nation.
COVID infections started to sweep across China in November, picking up pace this month after Beijing dismantled its zero-COVID policies including regular PCR testing on its population and publication of data on asymptomatic cases.
The United States will impose mandatory COVID-19 tests on travelers from China beginning on Jan. 5. All air passengers 2 and older will require a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Americans should also reconsider travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.