Daily US Times: The authorities of China’s Qingdao city is testing its entire population of nine million people for Covid-19 over a period of just five days.
The decision comes after the authorities discovered of a dozen cases linked to a hospital treating patients with Covid-19 arriving from abroad.
China tested the entire city of Wuhan in May – home to 11 million people and the epicentre of the global pandemic.
The country has largely brought the coronavirus under control.
In comparison to other parts of the world, China is successful in containing the virus. The infections are still high and lockdown restrictions of varying severity in many parts of the world right now.
Qingdao’s Municipal Health Commission said in a statement posted to Chinese social media site Weibo that six new cases and six asymptomatic cases had been discovered.
The state-run Global Times said all the cases were linked to the same hospital.
China now have a strategy of mass testing even when a new coronavirus cluster appears to be relatively minor.
On Monday, the National Health Commission said that “the whole city will be tested within five days.”
Qingdao’s health commission said some 114,862 people – including newly hospitalised patients and medical staff in the city’s hospitals – had already tested negative.
Global Times reported that residents lining up late on Sunday to get tested, adding that some of these test points were open from 07:00 to 23:00.
The new cases come a week after the country’s Golden Week holiday – which saw millions travel across the country.
Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism said the Global Times that the coastal city had received 4.47 million passenger trips over this period.
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