Blood shortage has recently been reported across multiple provinces and cities in China, as blood donations declined sharply amid the fast-spreading COVID outbreak and the protracted cold weather. As a result, local authorities urged people to donate more blood.

Bloomberg News cited a China National Radio report that the Blood Centre of Shandong Province now faces a shortage of two blood types.

According to Wionews, the center stated that blood group A and O stocks have been at a red alert level for several days.

Red alert is the highest level of warning. It means that blood in storage can only supply the dosage needed for acute and critically ill patients for three days.

Jinan, the provincial capital of Shandong in East China, is currently experiencing blood supply and collection pressure due to increased hospital outpatient and surgery patients.

According to the state-owned media, officials say fewer people are donating because of the COVID situation, the cold weather, and early holidays at universities.

Guangzhou, in South China’s Guangdong Province, needs nearly 1,200 blood donors daily to meet the need for clinical blood consumption. 

China revised guidelines about blood donations earlier this month. Those who contracted COVID but have no acute symptoms can give blood seven days after testing negative via a nucleic acid test or antigen test.

The prior guideline had prohibited even COVID close contacts from donating blood.
The National Health Commission (NHC) said on December 25 that China would stop publishing daily statistics on COVID cases and fatalities.

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