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China could face more than 630,000 Covid-19 infections every day if it dropped its zero tolerance policy by lifting travel restrictions, according to a study by mathematicians at Peking University, Reuters reports.

In the report by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, mathematicians said China could not afford to lift travel restrictions without more efficient vaccinations or specific treatments.

Using August data from the United States, Britain, Spain, France and Israel, mathematicians assessed the potential outcomes if China were to use the same pandemic control tactics as those countries.

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China’s daily new cases would hit at least 637,155 if it adopted the United States’ pandemic strategy, the report said.

And the daily cases would hit 275,793 if China followed the same approach as the UK and 454,198 if it mimicked France, it said.

“The estimates showed the real possibility of a colossal outbreak that would almost certainly place an prohibitive burden on the medical system,” the report said.

“Our results have issued a clear warning that for the time being we are not ready to adopt ‘open-up’ strategies based solely on the hypothesis of herd immunity through vaccination, as advocated by certain Western countries.”

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