On the 7th, China announced 10 new measures to optimize epidemic prevention and relax epidemic prevention measures. Many nucleic acid kiosks that used to be scattered all over the streets and alleys were left unused and piled up in corners.

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[Central News Agency] China announced 10 new measures to optimize epidemic prevention yesterday, which is like giving up dynamic clearing. The epidemic situation of Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) is likely to soar rapidly. Experts predict that 80% to 90% of the population will be infected.

However, China currently has less than 60,000 intensive care beds, which is already facing a severe test. It is no wonder that the authorities have stated that they must strictly prevent a run on medical resources.

The National Health Commission of China reported today that there were 21,165 new local cases of COVID-19 (including confirmed and asymptomatic) in mainland China on the 7th; there are currently 43,266 confirmed cases, including 138 severe cases, accounting for about 1,000 cases of 3.

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The outside world often believes that after China implements the new 10 measures to optimize epidemic prevention, greatly reduces nucleic acid testing and lifts the blockade, the local epidemic may soar rapidly.

Official expert Feng Zijian judged on the 6th that no matter how the epidemic prevention and control policy is adjusted, 80% to 90% of the people in China may eventually experience infection with the Omicron virus strain.

According to China.com, Lei Haichao, deputy director of the National Health and Medical Commission, said frankly at the joint prevention and control mechanism press conference of the State Council on the 15th that China has 6.7 medical beds per 1,000 population, and less than 4 intensive care unit (ICU) beds per 100,000 population. open.

There are still many gaps between these two indicators and developed countries.

He said that at this stage, China is "prevention first", which is why it can win "as few people as possible to be infected, and as few people as possible to develop severe and critical illnesses". He also declared that he will continue to strengthen the construction of designated hospitals and require ICU beds 10% of the total number of beds.

According to Lei Haichao’s conversion, China’s population exceeds 1.4 billion, and there are less than 56,000 intensive care beds. If the number of confirmed cases exceeds 10 million, it may be difficult for many severe patients to receive appropriate treatment.

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the number of ICU beds per 100,000 people in 2020 will be 28.2 in Germany, 21.6 in the United States, and 13.8 in Japan.

However, the data released by the Chinese health authorities is converted to only 3.6, which is less than 17% of that of the United States.

According to the Lu media titanium media report, the number of people infected with the epidemic in the United States in January 2022 is 20,148,614.

With 20 million people infected, although there are less than 15% of ICU beds left in 19 states, there is still no "overload" of ICU beds in the United States.

Hong Kong has about 7.1 ICU beds per 100,000 population, twice that of China.

However, after the fifth wave of the epidemic broke out in February this year, the ICU beds were overcrowded, and many hospitals were forced to set up tents outside the emergency room to temporarily accommodate critically ill patients.

Although there is a serious shortage of ICU beds in China and it is facing a severe test, after the outbreak of large-scale epidemics in Shanghai and Guangzhou this year, it shows that the rate of severe cases of Omicron is extremely low. Many experts pointed out that "running on medical resources" is a false issue.

Ma Xinhe, vice president of Huashan Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University in Shanghai, and Zhang Wenhong, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, researched and analyzed 33,816 COVID-19 patients received by four hospitals in Shanghai between March 22 and May 3, and only 22 of them developed. It is severe, and the overall severe rate is 0.065%.

After Guangzhou City took the lead in relaxing prevention and control measures on the 1st, Zhang Yi, deputy director of the Guangzhou Municipal Health and Health Commission, said the next day that a total of 162,700 local infections were reported in this round of the epidemic, asymptomatic infections accounted for 90%, and severe and critical cases accounted for only 4%. cases, no deaths.

According to him, the severe disease rate in Guangzhou is as low as 0.0025%.

However, Chinese officials are clearly speeding up the deployment to avoid severe outbreaks.

After the announcement of the new 10 measures to optimize epidemic prevention on the 7th, Li Bin, deputy director of China's National Health and Medical Commission, said that it is necessary to strengthen the preparation of medical treatment resources, increase the number of intensive care beds, intensive care units, and related treatment equipment and supplies in designated hospitals, and coordinate the treatment of infected people and daily medical treatment. services, without affecting normal medical services as much as possible.

Liang Wannian, head of the expert group of the National Health and Medical Commission's Epidemic Response and Disposal Leading Group, said that special attention should be paid to the mutation of the virus, severe illness and death, and to strictly prevent problems such as running on medical resources.

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