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China Expanding Hospitals Due to Hike in COVID-19 Cases

China is building additional critical care facilities and working to fortify hospitals in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases as Beijing lifts restrictions on anti-virus controls that kept millions of people inside their homes causing a stunt in economic growth, and sparked protests. As the final big nation to attempt to limit viral transmission, the government of President Xi Jinping is formally committed to this task. The Communist Party in power appears to be winding down its "zero-COVID" strategy, but the most recent actions indicate that it will allow additional cases without imposing quarantines or halting travel or business. According to state media, a cabinet meeting on Thursday ordered the "full mobilisation" of hospitals, including hiring more staff to ensure their "combat effectiveness" and increasing medicine supplies. Officials were instructed to monitor the health of everyone in their community who is 65 or older. Uncertainty surrounds the extent of the rise in infection rates since Beijing last week stopped requiring testing as frequently as once per day in certain locations. Interviews and social media posts, however, claim that outbreaks are occurring in workplaces and schools all around the nation. Due to an excessive number of sick workers, some restaurants and other companies have had to close. The authorities announced 10,815 new cases on Sunday, including 8,477 cases with no symptoms. That was essentially one-fourth of the daily peak above 40,000 from the previous week, but it only includes those who are tested after being admitted to hospitals or for positions in schools and other higher-risk locations. According to Yun Chunfu, an employee of the provincial health commission, Shaanxi province in the west has set aside 22,000 hospital beds for Covid-19 and is prepared to convert other beds to enhance its intensive care capacity by 20%. For "critically ill patients," Yun claimed that cities are "accelerating the upgrading" of hospitals. State media cited experts who urged the public to treat minor Covid-19 cases at home and postpone care for less critical issues to ease the burden on hospitals. To enter fever clinics, patients must wait up to six hours in line. Social media accounts claim that certain hospitals turn away patients who have issues that are not considered urgent enough to require immediate care. Further information is yet to be announced.

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