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LA County Paramedics told not to transport patients with a low chance of survival.

The order has come as the number of cases in LA County has doubled in a month from 400,000 in Nov. to 800,00 by Jan.2, overflooding the hospitals.

The order has come as the number of cases in LA County has doubled in a month from 400,000 in Nov. to 800,00 by Jan.2, overflooding the hospitals. On Jan 4, 2021, the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency ordered the ambulance teams in LA County that they should not transport patients to the hospital with extremely low chances of survival.

The directive came as officials believe that the hospitals are overrun with patients and that the region could soon hit over 1,000 COVID-related deaths per day, reported BBC News.

In another order, the ambulance services were ordered that they should give oxygen support to patients with oxygen saturation levels below 90%.

According to an ABC News report, new infections have increased, as one in five people who got tested for COVID-19 received positive results. The report further quoted health officials as saying that the cases have doubled as compared to the number in Nov. In Nov, there were 400,000 cases, and by Jan 2, the cases mounted to 800,000. The officials also told ABP News that an overflow of COVID-19 cases has filled up the hospital beds and the intensive care units. “Around 7,600 patients in the county are hospitalized with Coronavirus, and 21% of them are in the ICUs,” a health official was quoted as saying.

As per a BBC news report, On Jan 4, the LA County Department of Public Health reported 9,142 new COVID cases and 77 deaths. The county, which is the most serious hit in the U.S., has reported 818,000 Coronavirus cases and more than 10,700 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

As per the NPR report, the paramedic teams have been told not to transfer patients who undergo a cardiac arrest unless unavoidable circulation can be restored on the scene.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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