Concern in the international community is cause You blow it up pandemic in a Chinawhose authorities made the decision to abruptly end the “zero COVID” policy – wiping out the virus and the disease it causes – after unprecedented protests against the drastic measures, the virus is spreading almost unchecked.
The US government is considering imposing new measures on travelers coming into the country from China due to the… Its concern about the “lack of transparent data” from Beijing about the course of the novel coronavirus pandemicUnnamed US officials told Reuters and Bloomberg News on Tuesday (27/12).
More specifically, the US officials have made it clear that global concern is growing due to The complete “lack” of reliable “transparent data” about themincluding “virus genome sequence data” from Beijing, US officials explained.
Some countries have already announced in the past 24 hours that they are taking new measures regarding travelers from China, due to the outbreak infections In the Asian giant with a population of 1.41 billion. India, Taiwan and Japan They will need a negative COVID test for travelers from mainland China, as those who test positive in Japan will have to spend a week in quarantine. The imposition of diagnostic tests is also being considered Filipino.
Tokyo also plans to place restrictions on airlines that want to increase their flights to China. aAnnounce that all travelers arriving from China will be required to test for SARS-CoV-2. Kuala Lumpur announced that it will introduce new tracking and monitoring measures.
Recall that the Chinese authorities announced that the country will do so Stop asking travelers arriving from abroad to quarantine from 8 Januarywhich encouraged many Chinese, who had been cut off from the rest of the world for a long time, To enter the travel platforms.
But as online searches for flights jumped yesterday from record lows, residents and travel agencies hinted at the science.It will take a few more months for it to reach relative normal, as caution prevails for the time being.
Figures in official statistics
At the same time, the official official statistics for the seven days until yesterday, Monday (26/12), reported that there were Just one death Due to complications from COVID-19, instead Hospitals and funeral homes in China are overwhelmed.
China announced that yesterday Tuesday (27/12), Three new deaths Due to COVID complications, the numbers Don’t agree with what funeral homes sayas well as with the experience of countries with much smaller populations when pandemic restrictions were lifted.
Experts and citizens’ concern about the reliability of the data, unrelated to the experience of other countries, with much smaller populations, is intensifying now that they have reopened their economies.
Full of hospitals, funeral homes and crematoriums
Chinese Hospitals and funeral homes have been overwhelmed Today due to the intensification of the COVID-19 wave, while the extent of the outbreak and doubts about official figures have prompted some countries to consider new travel rules for Chinese visitors.
In a sharp policy shift, China began this month It “removes” the most stringent measures in the world to combat the Corona virusputting its battered economy on track for a full reopening next year.
According to some foreign experts, the lifting of restrictions, which came after widespread protests against the measures, means that the coronavirus is spreading largely unchecked and may infect millions of people daily.
The speed with which China lifted its COVID rules led to its practice Great pressure on the fragile health system.
Staff at Huaxi Grand Hospital in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu said they are “Too busy” With COVID Patient Care. “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and it’s been the busiest time of my life ever”An ambulance driver outside the hospital said.
There were long lines at the hospital’s emergency department and fever clinic last night. Most of those who got there were given oxygen to help them breathe better.
“Almost all patients have COVID”said one of the pharmacy employees in the emergency department. according to her, The hospital has run out of supplies For certain COVID preparations, patients may be given medications for symptoms such as a cough.
Car parks around Dongjiao Funeral Home, one of the largest car parks in Chengdu, were full. Memorial ceremonies are held one after anotherAs smoke rises over the crematorium.
«We must do this about 200 times a day now»said one of the workers. “We are so busy that we don’t have time to eat. And this has happened since the measures have been relaxed. Before that it was 30 to 50 times a day.”
“Many people have died of COVID”another employee said.
At another incinerator in Chengdu, Nanling, staff have been just as busy. “There have been a lot of deaths due to COVID lately.”said one of the workers, adding that there are difficulties in determining the dates of the cremation.
China said it is recording deaths of COVID patients from pneumonia and respiratory failure as COVID-related deaths.
Recently, most of the patients are elderly and have underlying diseases, said Zhang Yuhua, an official at Beijing Chaoyang Hospital. I mentioned it The number of patients receiving emergency care has increased to 450-550 per dayup from about 100 before that, according to state media.
State media reported that the fever clinic of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing is full of gray-haired patients. Nurses and doctors are being asked to work even if they are not feeling well, and retired health workers are being rehired in rural areas to help. Some cities are scrambling to stock up on antipyretics.
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