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China’s Bid to Punish Hospitals Over Covid Prompts New Confusion

  • Doctor voiced concern over 117 patients who need ear surgery
  • Woman says she’s unclear which hospital will deliver her baby
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Residents of a Chinese city locked down for three weeks are voicing concern about health risks after two hospitals were closed because their strict enforcement of virus rules led to patient deaths.

Guo Shuzhong, a doctor at Xi’an International Medical Center Hospital, wrote Thursday on his verified Weibo account that he’d “never felt so anxious” because 117 patients -- mostly children -- had ear surgery delayed. That raised the risk of infection that could lead to permanent damage, he said.