The Chinese found themselves alone in their fight against Covid. So they decided to join hands
After China abruptly cancelled its zero-Covid policy, the virus has taken over a majority of the population. Hospitals are overflowing with patients, medical supplies are running low and crematoriums are overwhelmed with bodies. A huge number of deaths are being reported, although Beijing doesn't attribute most of them to COVID-19.
A few days back, an official at the Chinese National Health Commission’s medical affairs department said that around 60,000 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in the country between December 8 and January 12. The country has adopted a controversial definition of Covid deaths, saying only those deaths that have occurred directly as a result of Covid minus any underlying issues will be defined as Covid deaths.
With the health system unable to manage the scale of the disease, most people have been left to fend for themselves. There is a shortage of medicines, test kits and other such supplies.
Amidst this dire situation, people have come together to help each other. There are apps offering test kits and medicines to those in need via donations. A Straits Times report mentions how one woman suffering from a high fever, was hoping that the government will hand out medicines to her and her daughter.
But when that did not happen, she turned to one such app where one stranger offered her two test kits and another who had recovered from Covid-19, offered to provide two ibuprofen pills.
A country that was following everything that the government was telling them to do for the past three years during the pandemic, suddenly finds itself alone.