Two hospitals in China's Xi'an closed over lockdown failures

Both hospitals have been given warnings and made to “suspend operations for three months for rectification”, and will only be allowed to reopen after getting approval.

The city’s health commission said in a statement on Thursday that the two hospitals had “failed to perform their duties of saving lives and rescuing the wounded”.

“This led to delays in the rescue, diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients, arousing widespread public attention and having a bad social impact,” health authorities added.

Gaoxin Hospital has been told to suspend its general manager and dismiss several staff members, and the second hospital to sack its chairman, suspend its deputy chief and remove the head nurse of its outpatient department.

The local government has faced widespread criticism over its handling of the crisis, with many residents complaining they have had no access to food and daily supplies after being told they could not leave their homes.

Cases have begun to slow in Xi’an in recent days, with only six reported on Thursday.

Since Dec 9, there have been more than 2,000 domestic infections in the city.


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