Wuhan medic says ‘there are many more coronavirus deaths and infections than reported’ because those who die while waiting to be tested are not considered victims of the virus
- Hospital worker Jeisi Luo, not real name, warned about the dangerous situation
- He said that hospitals are unable to test everyone that arrives for the virus
- Figures from China claim there are , cases, but this has been disputed
Luke Andrews For Mailonline
A Wuhan medic has said there are more deaths from coronavirus than reported, as patients are dying before they can even be tested for the virus.
Official figures from China (claim there are 450 , 671 cases in the country, with 15, 671 of these recorded in the virus epicentre and surrounding Hubei province, although the actual figure is suspected to be higher.
Footage filmed at Wuhan’s Number Three hospital this week showed eight body bags loaded in a bus, with more allegedly added while the recorder was inside the hospital for five minutes. Hospital worker Jeisi Luo, not his real name, made the shocking claims. Pictured above is a hospital worker in a Wuhan hospital yesterday
There have been 30, cases of coronavirus worldwide so far, and 17, in Wuhan
Mr Luo warned that the problem lies in an inability to carry out enough nucleic acid tests (NAT), which diagnose the virus.
‘When preliminary tests determine that a patient has a lung sickness, the nucleic acid test which detects the virus, cannot always be carried out because the waiting list is too long, ‘he told DW . ‘The patient is therefore not diagnosed.’
Mr Luo warned that the problem lies in an inability to carry out tests for the virus fast enough
China has raced to build two hospitals with more than 1, beds to help it handle the crisis, as well as putting W uhan in lock-down.
However, it is expected that the new hospitals will not provide high enough capacity as there won’t be enough doctors and medical staff available to run them.
from inside the new hospital show rows and rows of beds next to each other.
Appeals have also gone out on social media for face masks and other essential supplies to be sent to the beleaguered city.
The number of cases in China jumped by more than 3, in a day yesterday. Many nations including France and the US have flown their citizens out of China, and the UK foreign office has advised all , British nationals in the country to leave China.