China warns of 2nd wave, or­gan dam­age

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Agen­cies n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BEI­JING: China faces a po­ten­tial sec­ond wave of coronaviru­s in­fec­tions due to a lack of im­mu­nity among its pop­u­la­tion, the gov­ern­ment’s se­nior med­i­cal ad­vi­sor has warned.

“The ma­jor­ity of... Chi­nese at the mo­ment are still sus­cep­ti­ble of the Covid-19 in­fec­tion, be­cause (of) a lack of im­mu­nity,” Zhong Nan­shan, the pub­lic face of gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to the pan­demic, told CNN.

“We are fac­ing (a) big chal­lenge,” Zhong added. “It’s not bet­ter than the for­eign coun­tries I think at the mo­ment.”

Zhong also said au­thor­i­ties in ground zero Wuhan had un­der­re­ported cases dur­ing the early days of the pan­demic.

“The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, they didn’t like to tell the truth at that time,” said Zhong, who was part of a team of ex­perts sent to Wuhan to in­ves­ti­gate the out­break.

“I didn’t be­lieve that re­sult (the num­ber of cases re­ported) so I (kept) ask­ing and then, you have to give me the real num­ber.”

But he added he be­lieved data pub­lished af­ter Wuhan was locked down in late Jan­uary, and when the cen­tral gov­ern­ment took con­trol of the re­sponse, “will be cor­rect”.

China’s health author­ity has of­fi­cially in­cluded dam­age to a num­ber of in­ter­nal or­gans as among the po­ten­tial ef­fects of the novel coronaviru­s.

China’s Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion (NHC) in its guide­lines on Covid-19 sur­vivors said some re­cov­ered pa­tients would re­quire treat­ment for lung and heart dam­age, for move­ment prob­lems from mus­cle loss, as well as for psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­ders.

In ad­di­tion to in­form­ing health work­ers about the po­ten­tial longterm treat­ment needs of the pa­tients, the au­thor­i­ties have clas­si­fied these con­di­tions as chronic dis­eases, al­low­ing res­i­dents to claim for med­i­cal ex­penses un­der gov­ern­ment-run med­i­cal in­sur­ance schemes.

Mean­while, the city of Wuhan, where the out­break orig­i­nated in China late last year, con­ducted 222,675 nu­cleic acid tests on Satur­day, the lo­cal health author­ity said, nearly dou­bling from a day ear­lier.

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