Xi’an has been locked down and residents have been forced to stay at home for three weeks in line with China’s strict strategy to not spread the virus.
Chinese health officials were forced to apologize last week after photos and videos surfaced on social media of a woman sitting on a plastic chair outside a hospital in a sea of blood. The woman, who was eight months pregnant, was denied treatment because the negative coronary test was just over 48 hours old.
Another hospital was closed after an incident in which a man was said to have died after being denied treatment for a heart condition due to severe coronary restrictions. Both hospitals have received warnings and will be closed for three months. Both hospitals were ordered to fire several of their managers.
Local authorities in Xi’an have come under heavy criticism for their handling of the crisis. Residents complained that they could not get food and other supplies because they were not allowed to leave their homes. On Thursday, only six new cases were recorded in the city. Since December 9, there have been more than 2,000 cases.
Several million cities are in lockdown
In China, several million cities have been closed recently, after only a few cases of corona were discovered.
The last row is the city of Anyang, which has a population of 5.5 million. The background to the strict lockdown restrictions were only two cases of infection.
On Saturday, the 13 million residents of Tianjin, an hour’s drive from the Olympic city of Beijing, were also asked to stay indoors, after two cases of infection were detected there.
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