Covid-19 infections fast-spreading in entire China. Country facing worst pandemic situation. Covid Cases Blast in China: blood shortage in entire country. China are causing blood shortages at hospitals across multiple provinces and cities, underscoring challenges faced by the nation’s healthcare system.
The second-most populous in China, the Shandong Province Blood Centre, has issued red alert warnings for insufficient inventory for two blood types in recent days, China National Radio reported. Fewer people were donating due to the Covid-19 situation and cold weather.
While early holidays at universities also reduced the pool of student donors, the state-owned media organisation said, citing officials. Red alert is the highest level of warning, which means that blood in storage can only meet the required dosage for acute and critically ill patients for three days, according to the report.
The Health Commission of Suzhou city in the eastern province of Anhui called for voluntary blood donation in a Dec 20 statement on its official website. The Covid-19 pandemic posed an “enormous challenge” to blood collection, resulting in tightness of supply for medical treatment, the statement said.
China is experiencing a wave of infections after it rapidly relaxed most pandemic controls. Growing stress on the nation’s health system adds to fears the reopening might lead to more severe cases and deaths, although not all fatalities are captured in official reports.
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Earlier this month, China revised guidelines allowing people who developed Covid-19 with no critical symptoms to donate blood seven days after they test negative through a nuclear acid test or antigen test. The previous rule had barred even those in close contact with a Covid-19 patient from giving blood.