People in protective clothing wait on a bus in Beijing, China, before leaving a residential compound as part of a strategy to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Four-month-old denied treatment as she tested negative for coronavirus and family was told case not urgent
The death of a four-month-old baby in central China has stoked public anger on social media as frustrations mount over Beijing’s stringent “dynamic zero Covid” policy, which has confined millions to their homes and sparked angry protests.
The girl died after suffering vomiting and diarrhoea while in quarantine at a hotel in the city of Zhengzhou, according to a post by her father, Li Baoliang, on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo on Wednesday.
Li had called an emergency hotline for help after his daughter vomited repeatedly in the early hours of Monday, but when medical staff arrived and the child tested negative for Covid-19, they refused to treat her on the grounds that the case was not urgent. An ambulance finally arrived at night, but took two hours to take the baby to a hospital 60 miles away.
By the time a doctor inspected the baby, it was almost 12 hours after Li had first raised the alarm. The doctor still did not treat the child immediately and shortly after midnight, the father found the baby’s body had turned cold. She was pronounced dead in the early hours of Tuesday, after medical staff failed to resuscitate her, he wrote.
“This is a tremendous shock to us. I could not accept this,” Li wrote, urging the authorities to investigate the incident. “I want justice for my child!”
The news came just weeks after the death of a three-year-old boy from carbon monoxide poisoning in north-west China. Earlier this month, his father blamed health workers in the city of Lanzhou for “indirectly killing” his son by stopping him from taking the boy to a hospital.
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