China to test entire Wuhan population after new virus cluster

China to test entire Wuhan population after new virus cluster


Wuhan: According to official media reports on Tuesday, in the birthplace of the global pandemic, after the first new cases emerged in weeks, Wuhan plans to test the entire population of Chinese cities for coronavirus.

According to official announcements issued by the news media, officials have been ordered to submit plans for nucleic acid testing of the 11 million city residents by noon on Tuesday.

The notice said: “Each region should make plans and arrangements to conduct nucleic acid testing of all residents within its jurisdiction within a 10-day period.” Although it is not clear when the testing will begin.

The plan was the first in Wuhan to report the first new COVID-19 infections since it was reopened 76 days after the city was locked on April 8.

On Sunday and Monday, six new cases were reported in a residential area in the Dongxihu District.

However, an official from the East-West Lake District Epidemic Prevention Command Office told AFP that they “have not received news about this notice.”

Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told CCTV that there is no need to test everyone in Wuhan.

Wu said: “A block without any circumstances does not need to be screened for everyone.” Large-scale screening should focus on “critical work” and other criteria.

China has largely controlled the virus, but because it has lifted nationwide blockades and restrictions, it is on the verge of a second wave of shocks.

In recent weeks, virus clusters have appeared in the northeast Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces bordering Russia.

With the spread of the virus in other countries, China bans most foreigners from entering China.

Since the new coronavirus first appeared in December, Wuhan has reported 3,869 deaths, which is the cause of the largest number of deaths in China.

Scientists believe that in the city’s market of wild animals and plants, the virus spreads from animals to humans.

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