Beijing, Infected patients, most of them elderly, lie on stretchers and receive oxygen in wheelchairs in hospital halls amid a surge of Covid-19 in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Chuyanglu Hospital in the east of the city is full of new patients on Thursday.
Even though the ambulances were busy bringing in the needy, not a single bed was empty by noon. Authorities have been advised to avoid visiting relatives in hospital and avoid traveling between the two cities.
Similar appeals have been issued by Shaoxian County in Anhui Province, southeast of Beijing, and the cities of Qingyang in Gansu Province in the northwest, and Weifang in Shandong on the east coast.
A notice from the Weifang government said local residents should celebrate the holiday with videos and phones. Meanwhile, Asia Times has quoted medical experts as saying that at least 40 percent of China’s population has been infected with Kovid-19 in the past month, amid rising cases in the country.
Chinese epidemiologist Zheng Guang said that in most cities of the country, 50 percent of people’s Covid reports have come positive and in such a situation, it would not be wrong to estimate that about 40 percent of the country’s population is infected with Corona.
English news based in Hong Kong gave this information. According to Liang Wanyan, another Chinese epidemiologist and former head of the Chinese National Health Commission’s Covid Response Expert Team, it is very difficult to predict the death rate due to the current epidemic.
A Chinese epidemiologist said that the exact figure can be found only after the end of Corona. Zheng Guang, a former chief scientist and doctoral supervisor at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the virus is spreading faster than expected in China.
According to an internal document of the Chinese CDC, between December 1 and December 20, about 240 million people were infected with the corona virus. The Asia Times reported that the total number of Covid infections globally has so far reached around 660 million, while more than 6 million people have died.SS1MS