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China To Test Entire City For COVID-19 In Five Days


The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing its entire population of nine million people for Covid-19 over a period of five days.


The mass testing comes after a dozen cases were found linked back to a hospital treating coronavirus patients arriving from overseas.


In May, China tested the entire city of Wuhan - home to 11 million people and the epicentre of the global pandemic.


The country has largely brought the virus under control.


That's in stark contrast to other parts of the world where there are still high case numbers and lockdown restrictions of varying severity.


In a statement posted to Chinese social media site Weibo, Qingdao's Municipal Health Commission said six new cases and six asymptomatic cases had been discovered.


All the cases were linked to the same hospital, said the Global Times.


The Chinese authorities now have a strategy of mass testing even when a new coronavirus cluster appears to be relatively minor, correspondents said.


City-wide testing


The commission added that a citywide testing program had been launched, with five districts to be tested within three days - and the whole city to be tested within five days.


Some 114,862 people - including medical staff and newly hospitalized patients in the city's hospitals - have already tested negative for the coronavirus, it said.


Videos circulating online showed local residents lining up late on Sunday to get tested, said the Global Times, adding that some of these test points were open from 07:00 to 23:00.


The new cases come a week after China's Golden Week holiday - which saw millions travel across the country.


A Global Times report quoting the Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism said the city had received 4.47 million passenger trips over this period.


Source: BBC




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