After China completely loosened the lockdown and pandemic control, the variant strain Omicron spread rapidly. Huashan Hospital in Shanghai held an emergency meeting a few days ago to prepare for the upcoming peak infection period of the Omicron variant. On December 10, an audio recording of Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious disease department of this hospital, went viral on social media, predicting that the peak of this pandemic wave would come in three to four weeks and last for three to six months before it ends.

Zhang Wenhong said that dealing with the COVID pandemic differs entirely from the previous defensive battle in Wuhan and Shanghai. For example, if you don’t get infected at the hospital, you will get it outside when eating out or from a loved one at home.

Recently, a COVID pandemic outbreak rapidly swept Beijing. According to Sound of Hope, the number of infections quickly increased, and almost half of the doctors in hospitals were infected. A netizen in Beijing said six or seven hundred doctors at the Children’s Hospital in Beijing had positive nucleic acid test results. As a result, Tiantan Hospital has set up a red zone, where doctors who test positive only examine positive patients.

Many children and the elderly have fevers, and hospital fever clinics are full of people. Even pharmacies have long lines of people, and cold medicines are sold out.

At Shilipu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, all community staff tested positive.

A Beijing netizen described the scene on the streets of Beijing as “tragic.” Wangfujing Street, Beijing’s busiest commercial district, and Chaoyang District were deserted.

Some netizens think this is the same as the panic caused by the pandemic outbreak in Wuhan in 2020.

But Beijing people’s panic does not appear to be unfounded. According to China Youth Daily, the primary variant strain in Beijing this time is the BF.7 variant of the Omicron variant. At the same time, the current outbreak in Guangzhou is mostly BA.5.2 . Sound of Hope quoted a resident as saying, “the variant strain in Beijing and Guangzhou is different, and the infection in Beijing is more severe than in Guangzhou.”

Yu Chengbo, the chief physician of the Department of Infectious Diseases at a branch of Zhejiang Medical University, said that from a clinical point of view, the symptoms of the two mutant strains differed significantly, and the BA.5 variant is lighter than BF.7.

BF.7 is common in Beijing, and this mutant strain has stronger immunity. Specific infection symptoms include high fever, persistent cough, body aches and discomfort, headache, loss of appetite, smell, and taste. The clinical manifestations of BA.5 infection are milder, and the symptoms are markedly relieved.

The Neighborhood Committee stopped pandemic prevention, and people rushed to buy medicine.

Yi Cai newspaper reported on December 7 that Feng Zijian, former deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, recently estimated that 80% to 90% of China’s population could be infected with the new coronavirus. He predicted that 60% of the people would be infected in the first wave.

What is more serious is the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has loosened the pandemic prevention work, but the supporting facilities are lacking. Pandemic prevention workers criticized that the CCP did not make corresponding preparations before easing prevention and control measures, causing chaos. In addition, the hasty lifting of the lockdown and having no clear roadmap for “living with the pandemic” has caused shortages of medicines and difficulties in medical examination and treatment.

According to Sound of Hope, Chinese expert Gordon Chang thinks China may face a “nuclear winter” due to the COVID pandemic. If the pandemic prevention and control fails, the CCP has no plan B.

According to Shanghai’s state media, The Paper China’s Shaanxi province has prepared 22,000 wards for patients infected with COVID and expanded intensive care wards (ICU) for people with severe symptoms by 20%. However, Jiao Yahui, director of the Health Department of China’s National Health Commission, said at a press conference on December 9 that there are 138,000 intensive care beds in China. Considering China’s population of 1.4 billion, an average of 10,000 people would be assigned less than one intensive care bed.

China’s National Health Commission issued a notice on December 9, asking all regions of the country to strengthen their medical system preparation and construction and that field hospitals should be upgraded and converted into so-called “sub-hospitals” according to the size of the city’s population; on the other hand, this is intended to enhance the expansion, renovation and construction of the intensive care units.

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