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On New Year’s Day in the locked-down Chinese city of Xi’an, a woman who was eight months pregnant miscarried while waiting in the freezing cold outside a hospital. She had been denied entry because her negative COVID-19 test result was invalid by a few hours.
One hand supported her belly as she leaned on the edge of a tiny pink stool outside the Xi’an Gaoxin hospital. Blood trickled down, forming a small red pool at her feet.
“Wait”—was the one-word reply from hospital officials when asked by a staff member about the woman, according to Chinese media reports.
The woman was kept waiting for two hours, and when the hospital eventually relented and admitted her to emergency care, it was too late. The woman had lost her baby.
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