Posted: Friday, January 6, 2023. 3:19 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Emergency rooms at hospitals in Shanghai, China are filled with patients and resources can now become overwhelmed with the surge in COVID-19 infections, Reuters report.
Last month, Beijing abandoned its strict zero-covid measures and since then, there has been an increase in COVID-19 infections.
Chinese officials, however, have said that the situation is “controllable”.
Epidemiologist, Benjamin Cowling says that the travel rush for Lunar New Year could contribute to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
“It’s quite possible that there will be a million deaths or more this winter from COVID in China and that number could’ve been much larger if China had opened two years ago and hadn’t continued with zero-COVID before vaccines were available, there would have been many, many more deaths from COVID in China. But at the same time, that number, one million or more, that could be a much lower number if there was a better preparation and possibly better timing for the transition away from zero COVID,” Cowling said.
Officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) say that China is under- representing COVID-19 hospital admissions and deaths.
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