CANCER patients and pregnant mums without proof of a negative Covid test have been denied urgent medical care in China under the world's toughest lockdown, it is reported.
Exasperated residents in the locked down city of Xian have been banned from going outside for the last two weeks as they face starvation, lack of medical care and brutal punishments.
The Chinese Communist regime is racing to control the outbreak in the northern city with a sweeping lockdown and draconian restrictions.
The harsh lockdown comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.
Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.
The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.
But in Xian, an eight-month pregnant mum reportedly miscarried outside a hospital because she was not allowed care until she had tested negative for the virus.
The stricken woman called an ambulance after feeling pain in her belly, according to an account from her niece posted on the microblog Weibo.
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Until she had a negative Covid test, the mum was said to have been forced to wait outside emergency care for two hours — until staff relented when they saw that she was bleeding heavily between her legs.
In the post, the niece wrote: “[Medical workers] sent her to an operating room seeing her [bleeding seriously].
“The baby died in the womb after eight months of pregnancy because of delayed treatment.”
According to the South China Morning Post, the niece’s follow-up post said: "My aunt sent me voice messages in her weak voice to ask me to keep updating the post.
“She is grieving and demands an explanation from the hospital."
The post, which had gained millions of views, could not be accessed today, and The Sun Online was unable to independently confirm details of the incident.
According to reports, two hospital department heads were fired after the horrifying incident, and a general manager was suspended from his post.
City officials told a press conference the incident was “an accident by negligence.”
Dozens of devastating stories similar to the case of the pregnant woman have been shared on Chinese social media.
A 7-year-old boy with leukemia reportedly had his chemotherapy treatment delayed for a week, but his parents managed to get a hospital appointment for him after a public appeal.
And a woman said her father experienced acute chest pains on January 2 and she called the emergency hotline, but she claimed she was told they weren’t sure when they could arrange for an ambulance, The Epoch Times reports.
When her 61-year-old father was finally allowed into a hospital eight hours later, his condition had worsened and he reportedly died a short time later.
'DESPERATION AND AGONY'
She wrote on social media: "I can’t imagine the desperation and agony my dad went through during those last few hours of his life."
Meanwhile, a 39-year-old man suffering a heart attack was reportedly turned away by three hospitals because he couldn’t produce a negative virus test.
By the time he was admitted to the fourth hospital, he was no longer breathing and tragically died.
Elsewhere, an 80-year-old man with high blood pressure claimed he was blocked at a checkpoint in his neighbourhood when he tried to get to a hospital for medication.
He told media outlet NTD: "They reluctantly let me out after I argued with them for 40 minutes. It was such torment."
The draconian lockdown rules dubbed the strictest in the world have seen authorities reportedly raiding dozens of homes in the middle of the night and forcing people onto buses to quarantine camps.
The 13 million people living in the city have been banned from leaving their homes – even for essential reasons like buying food – to squash the rising tide of Covid infections.
It is not known how many people were ordered to leave during the midnight eviction, but one person reported seeing 30 buses, while another claimed up to a thousand people were moved, BBC News reports
People said they had been left waiting on the buses for several hours and those taken to the quarantine facilities included elderly people, young children and pregnant women, according to reports.
A picture of an old man standing alone in the cold as he waited to be put on a bus reportedly went viral online.
People shared images of the quarantine facilities, claiming it was cold and they had not been given food.
Xian, a popular tourist destination, is one of the largest Chinese cities to be locked down since Wuhan was sealed off in January 2020 when the first Covid cases started to emerge.
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