The Coming Collapse.
Of China's health care system.
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1. As Chinese authorities move to ease the burdens of sweeping pandemic lockdowns, lengthy quarantines and regular mass testing, the country’s hospitals are feeling the first shock of a giant wave of infections and shortage of health workers. Since the State Council, China’s cabinet, rolled out a new 10-point plan Wednesday to ease its stringent Covid-19 controls, ending mass nucleic acid testing and allowing some infected people to quarantine at home rather than in centralized facilities, hospitals are facing increasing workloads as infections surge. In cities such as Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang and Beijing that have taken the lead in implementing the new policy, fever clinics are full of patients and cross-infections between patients and doctors have begun to emerge. Experts predict a peak of infections in the next one to three months with about 60% of the population infected, which would squeeze already swamped hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units and burn out health-care workers. (Source: caixinglobal.com)
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