On Monday, authorities reported the deaths of two patients in Beijing, the only ones so far since restrictions were lifted on December 7, according to official figures. Since then, the Chinese capital and its 22 million inhabitants have been particularly affected by an unprecedented wave of contamination since the start of the pandemic. Testimonies point to a resurgence of deaths in hospitals and overwhelmed crematoria, while anti-flu drugs are lacking in pharmacies.
“The (official) figures do not say everything”, said Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease expert based in Singapore, who said he expected a much higher toll. And to argue: some hospitals are too full to welcome new patients, while the importance of the Covid may have been minimized by the nursing staff. Result, if someone dies “a heart attack following the stress of an infection” at Covid, “the heart attack will then be the main (retained) cause of death, even if the Covid is the underlying cause”remarks Leong Hoe Nam to AFP.