China’s COVID Emergency Hospitalizations Have Peaked, Health Official Says

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Fever cases and emergency hospitalizations for COVID-19 have peaked in China and the number of patients hospitalized for the disease continues to decline, a health official said on Saturday.

Across the country, “the number of patients coming to clinics for fever is on a general downward trend after peaking, both in cities and rural areas,” Jiao Yahui, an official with the National Health Commission, told a news conference.

Jiao said the number of patients in emergency treatment is also declining, and the proportion of patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 is also falling steadily.

The number of severe cases has also peaked, he added, although it remains at a high level, and the patients are mostly elderly.

Wen Daxiang, an official with the Shanghai Health Commission, said China would strengthen health surveillance and management of the high-risk population.

He added that the supply of drugs and medical equipment will be reinforced, as well as the training of grassroots medical workers to combat COVID in rural regions.

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