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China's provinces send medical workers to Beijing to battle COVID

Cross-regional support seen unacceptable to already-stretched local frontline professionals

Patients flood Beijing Chaoyang Hospital’s fever clinic.   © Caixin

As Beijing's already strained health care system braces for a peak in severe Covid infections, several provinces have sent medical teams to the capital, despite criticism from local health officials and workers that they, too, are stretched to their limits.

Caixin has learned that teams of medical workers, including senior doctors, have been dispatched from Shandong, Hubei and Jiangsu provinces to Beijing to treat seriously ill patients. Of the teams, the one from Jiangsu in eastern China consists of about 160 workers.

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