Officials in Dazhou city, China’s Sichuan province, are telling clinics to stop offering infusion therapy.

As mainland media JieMian reported, a doctor from a clinic in the city received the order to cease infusion treatment on December 8. The notice said the clinic could only prescribe antiviral medicine as a replacement.

An unnamed person from the local health department said there had been an outbreak in the area, prompting more people to seek treatment and gather at clinics en masse. The directive came out to prevent COVID transmission risks.

The clinic doctor believes the “one size fits all” ban is unreasonable. He had to stop the clinic because he ran out of antiviral drugs while the infusion supply was still available. The report believes that about 30 local clinics have been closed as of December 9.

While infusion is banned in clinics, officials have been encouraging residents to find help in designated hospitals. Would that be a better choice?

A person from the Dachuan District People’s Hospital said that in recent days, the hospital  has been three times more crowded than usual. Dachuan District Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, another hospital, also confirmed a higher number of visits, adding that its fever clinic is full. At least, their supply of medicine is guaranteed.

One anonymous Dazhou resident said both local clinics and hospitals have been jam-backed recently. There were long lines of people buying medicine on the street, and some pharmacies ran out of supplies.

According to China News Weekly, a person from the Dazhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people not to panic, saying that what people believe about the current outbreak does not match reality.

China News reported from the person, “Fever symptoms do not necessarily mean that they are positive for infection.”

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