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China: Authorities direct doctors, nurses to keep working despite being COVID-19 infected China COVID19
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China: Authorities direct doctors, nurses to keep working despite being COVID-19 infected

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Dec 2022, 10:57 pm

Beijing: Chinese authorities have directed doctors and nurses, who are infected with COVID-19, to keep working as the country is continuing to witness a surge in infection.

The country is reportedly witnessing a spike in cases amid the reduction of restrictions.

A senior World Health Organization official told The Guardian on Wednesday that China’s flare-up started “long before” restrictions were lifted, but since the sudden shift in policy major cities in Beijing appear to have experienced a huge surge in cases of Covid-19.

Authorities have said it is “impossible” to measure since most people are not being tested.

“The explosion of cases in China had started long before any easing of the zero-Covid policy,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan was quoted as saying by the newspaper on Wednesday.

“There’s a narrative that, in some way, China lifted the restrictions and all of a sudden, the disease is out of control,” he added at the UN health agency’s headquarters in Geneva.

China had imposed severe COVID-19 restrictions for the past several months which triggered widespread protests.

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