Chinese metropolis experiencing 500,000 COVID cases every day, according to the local health chief
In a rare and swiftly suppressed admission that the country’s wave of infections is not being represented in official statistics, a top health official said that half a million individuals each day are contracting Covid-19 in a single Chinese city.
The local health head in Qingdao was quoted as saying that the eastern metropolis was seeing “between 490,000 and 530,000” new Covid cases a day by a news site run by the country’s dominant Communist party.
According to reports, Bo Tao stated on Friday that the coastal city of around 10 million people was “in a stage of rapid transmission ahead of an approaching peak” and predicted that the infection rate will increase by another 10% over the weekend.
Several additional news organizations shared the report, but by Saturday morning it seems to have been changed to remove the case numbers.
Only 4,103 new infections and no new deaths were reported nationwide on Friday, according to China’s National Health Commission. Just 31 new domestic cases were formally reported by the authorities in Shandong, the province where Qingdao is situated.
In a swift reversal of its illustrious containment approach, China this month quickly destroyed major pillars of its zero-Covid plan, eliminating sudden lockdowns, protracted quarantines, and travel restrictions.
Rising infection rates have left pharmacy shelves empty, hospital wards full, and it appears even crematoriums and funeral houses are seeing backlogs as cities across the nation battle to keep up.
While authorities have restricted the medical definition of a Covid fatality, a move experts have suggested will reduce the number of fatalities attributed to the virus, the removal of tight testing standards has made caseloads practically hard to manage.
With hordes of web censors on prepared to remove material deemed politically sensitive, the Chinese government maintains strict control over the country’s media.
The majority of publications produced by the administration understated the severity of the nation’s exodus wave and instead portrayed the change in policy as rational and planned.
Although estimates of actual case numbers are still uncommon, certain media outlets have made references to medicine shortages and hospitals that are under pressure.
By March, 80% of eastern Jiangxi province’s population, or around 36 million people, the government predicted, will be sick.
In the two weeks before to Thursday, more over 18,000 Covid patients had been admitted to significant medical facilities in the province, including nearly 500 serious cases but no fatalities, according to the statement.