China: Xi’an City enters the life-and-death phase against Covid-19

The complicated Covid-19 developments in Xi’an City are challenging China’s “zero Covid” (“no Covid-19”) strategy.

Reuters quoted official data on December 30 showing that in the past 24 hours, Xi’an reported 155 community Covid-19 cases. Some patients have symptoms of Covid-19 such as fever… Previously, on December 28, this city had 151 community Covid-19 cases (out of a total of 152 cases nationwide). Since the latest Covid-19 outbreak on December 9, Xi’an has now recorded 1,100 Covid-19 cases.

The Covid-19 epidemic that broke out in Xi’an in the past 8 days has forced 13 million local residents to be subject to strict blockade orders, unable to leave their homes and dependent on deliveries to receive essentials.

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Food distribution for residents under blockade in Xi’an on December 29. Photo: Reuters

The city government has conducted several rounds of Covid-19 testing to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The sixth round of testing begins on December 30.

“Xian is entering a life-and-death phase in the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” local official Zhang Fengh told Reuters.

Although the number of Covid-19 cases in Xi’an is low compared to many overseas regions, the city government has still imposed strict restrictions on movement in the inner and outer suburbs since the 23rd. -12 in the context of Beijing’s request to quickly contain each outbreak.

According to a Xi’an official, the blockade order has caused a staffing crisis at companies involved in ensuring the supply of daily necessities, and the government is trying to solve this problem.

On December 29, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that the Guangxi region also reported 1 symptomatic case of Covid-19.

China currently has a total of 101,890 Covid-19 cases and 4,636 deaths.

Meanwhile, a new scientific study shows that Covid-19 directly infects kidney cells and can cause serious damage to this important organ. The report was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

Last year, Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor of Medicine, C. John Sperati, warned that it was not known whether Covid-19 patients with kidney damage would recover from their injuries.

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