Expert: 80% of China's population has already been infected with coronavirus

A Chinese expert says China is unlikely to see a big rebound in coronavirus infections during the coming months, as 80 percent of the country's population has already been infected with the virus.

Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, expressed his view on the Weibo social networking platform on Saturday.

He said the virus has been rapidly spreading across the country since the Chinese government relaxed the measures that were aimed at preventing infections.

The expert did not present concrete evidence to support his contention that more than 1.1 billion people have had the virus in the country. China has a population of 1.4 billion.

Wu said large numbers of people have been traveling since the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday period began. He said that might lead to an increase in the number of cases in some areas.

But, he also said it is unlikely that there will be a big, nationwide rebound or a second wave of infections over the next two to three months.

The Chinese government stopped publishing daily coronavirus statistics, after it ended its zero-COVID policy. The last data update was provided on January 8.