Key Words: ‘We’re not ready’: threat of Covid exit wave stymies reopening of China’s economy – Financial Times

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Stock Market

“‘The big threat in an exit wave is just the sheer number of cases in a short space of time. I would be reluctant to say there is a scenario in which an exit wave doesn’t cause problems for the healthcare system. That is difficult to imagine.’”

— Ben Cowling, University of Hong Kong

China’s doctors have a blunt message for Xi Jinping: The country’s healthcare system is not prepared to deal with a huge nationwide coronavirus outbreak that will inevitably follow any easing of strict measures to contain COVID-19. The warning for China’s leader was delivered by a dozen health professionals interviewed by the Financial Times this month, and echoed by international experts.

“The medical system will probably be paralysed when faced with mass cases,” one doctor in a public hospital in Wuhan, central China, where the pandemic started nearly three years ago, reportedly told the FT. Don’t miss: China announces first COVID-19 death in almost 6 months Also see: MarketWatch Live: Stock futures slide on China COVID lockdown The warning also serves as a reality check for many in China and around the world hoping that Xi will end his hallmark zero-COVID …

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