Medical workers talk with a patient in a makeshift hospital in Shanghai in eastern China on Saturday. The makeshift hospital in Lingang is converting around 2,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients with moderate symptoms and patients over 80 years old. Photo: Xinhua
Medical workers talk with a patient in a makeshift hospital in Shanghai in eastern China on Saturday. The makeshift hospital in Lingang is converting around 2,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients with moderate symptoms and patients over 80 years old. Photo: Xinhua

Covid-19 tests limits of Shanghai hospitals as Omicron infects already-ill elderly

  • Infectious diseases expert Zhang Wenhong says treatment of coronavirus patients presenting with comorbidities strains medical resources
  • Eight city-level hospitals have been consolidated to treat severe, critically ill patients with underlying diseases

Medical workers talk with a patient in a makeshift hospital in Shanghai in eastern China on Saturday. The makeshift hospital in Lingang is converting around 2,000 beds to treat Covid-19 patients with moderate symptoms and patients over 80 years old. Photo: Xinhua