How serious is the current epidemic in China? It is hard to determine the truth. Take Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province, for example. Local hospitals have recently seen an exponential increase in Covid-19 fever patients. As many as 90 percent have tested positive. However, the Zhejiang Provincial Health Commission said on December 17 that only 43 cases were confirmed in Hangzhou.
The Qianjiang Evening News, a popular metropolitan newspaper in Hangzhou, reported that the fever clinic at one campus of Zhejiang Hospital saw more than 600 patients on December 16.
In addition, fever clinics at hospitals affiliated with the Zhejiang University School of Medicine reported a single-day attendance of more than 1,000 people.
The newspaper quoted doctors from several hospitals in Hangzhou who said that 90 percent of the patients in local fever clinics had tested positive.
Hangzhou has a residential population of more than 12 million. The Zhejiang Provincial Health Commission reported on Saturday December 17 that the province’s medical institutions reported only 52 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which Hangzhou accounted for 43 cases.
Source: Radio Free Asia, December 17, 2022