Hospitals in China have come under extreme pressure in the midst of a surge in Covid-19 cases that lead to exhaustion among the staffs, reported Reuters.
The size of the outburst and apprehensions over official data have also triggered some countries to set new travel rules for people visiting from China.
In a sudden move, China this month started breaking its stringent Covid-induced lockdown rules and large-scale testing in order to bring its crippled economy back on foot and fully reopen its border next year.
Removing restrictions could pave way for the virus to spread widely and infect millions of people everyday, said some global health experts.
China’s hurry in discarding the Covid rules has put the country’s weak health system in an overwhelming state, added the report.
Yesterday, three new Covid-related deaths reported in China, which recorded one such death on Monday.
According to employees at Huaxi, a hospital situated in Chengdu, they were ‘extremely busy’ treating Covid patients.
One unnamed ambulance driver outside the hospital was quoted by the publication as saying: “I’ve been doing this job for 30 years and this is the busiest I have ever known it.”
Long queues were seen in and around the hospital’s emergency branch and at a nearby fever clinic in recent times.
Majority of the people who came in ambulances were put on oxygen masks for easing their breathing.
One of the emergency department pharmacy staff told: “Almost all of the patients have Covid.”
She further stated that the hospital did not have any Covid-related medicine stock and can only offer drugs for treating symptoms, including coughing.
Beijing Chaoyang Hospital official Zhang Yuhua stated that most of the new patients were aged and ‘critically ill with underlying diseases’.
She also added that as per the state media, the number of patients requiring emergency service had gone up to 450-550 per day, compared to the previous figure of nearly 100 patients.