Shanghai hospital warns of ‘tragic battle’ as Covid spreads

Shanghai hospital warns of ‘tragic battle’ as Covid spreads

A Shanghai hospital has told its staff to prepare for a “sad battle” with COVID-19 as it expects half of the city’s 25 million people to be infected by the end of the year, while China The virus is largely uncontrolled in the U.S.

After widespread protests and a steady rise in cases, China this month abruptly changed policies and began rolling out its “zero-Covid” regime, which has taken a huge financial and psychological toll on its 1.4 billion people.

Still, China’s official death toll since the pandemic began three years ago stands at 5,241 – a fraction of what other countries have faced. China reported no new Covid deaths for the second day in a row on December 21, even as funeral parlor workers say a surge in demand in the past week has pushed up fees.

Officials – who have lowered the benchmark for Covid deaths, drawing criticism from many disease experts – confirmed 3,89,306 symptomatic cases. Some experts say the official figures have become an unreliable guide because fewer tests are being conducted after the easing of restrictions. Experts say that given relatively low full vaccination rates among vulnerable elderly populations, China could face more than a million Covid deaths next year.

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China limits how it defines Covid deaths

A Chinese health official said China only counts deaths from pneumonia or respiratory failure in its official COVID-19 death toll, a narrow definition that has been shown to occur as the virus surges after restrictions related to the pandemic are eased. Limits the number of deaths.

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