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Doctor Describes China's Overwhelmed Hospitals: 'Verge of Collapse'

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China hospitals on verge of collapseAmid a recent surge in respiratory illnesses in northern China, one doctor has estimated the hospital where she works received two to three times as many daily patients as in the COVID-19 pandemic.

"One doctor would have to handle as many as 180 patients during a single night shift, because so many patients are arriving in the evening and after midnight, recounted Han Tongan, who leads Peking University Third Hospital's pediatric unit, according to a Wednesday report by state outlet China Daily.

Since mid-October, clusters of respiratory infections, mostly among children, have spiked, overwhelming capacity in many hospitals across northern China. The World Health Organization has said data provided by China indicated the illnesses were mostly by influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia, rhinovirus infections, respiratory syncytial virus, and adenovirus.


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