Up to 12pc of Guangzhou coronavirus disease patients criticalChina | 11 Jun 2021 1:26 pm
Between 10 percent and 12 percent of the patients with coronavirus disease in the latest resurgence in Guangzhou, in Guangdong province, are critically ill, Guan Xiangdong, a specialist in the Guangdong coronavirus medical team, told the state media on Thursday.
The proportion is higher than in the epidemic in Wuhan in central Hubei province, and the following 20 regional clusters across the mainland, in which the proportion was usually 2-3 percent, 5-8 percent or “8-10 percent in a few areas,” Guan said to China Central Television (CCTV) on Thursday, the state media reports.
The relatively high proportion of severe and critically ill patients was probably caused by the highly pathogenic viral strains that spread in this wave of the epidemic in Guangzhou, Guan said.
Many of the patients in Guangzhou are senior citizens whose condition deteriorated quickly, Zhang Zhongde, a specialist in the local medical team, told CCTV on Thursday. “[Some patients] progressed into a severe or critically ill stage within only three or four days after the onset of symptoms,” Zhang said.
Also, patients in Guangzhou this time have more obvious symptoms, with about 80 percent having had a fever, said Zhang. The patients have “a very high” viral load, and it decreases “at a very slow speed,” he said.
Guangzhou had reported 119 local patients as of Wednesday, since the latest wave of the resurgence of the disease in this city started on May 21. The reported infections included 113 confirmed patients and seven silent carriers, local authorities said on Thursday.