- About Health
Beijing — China’shas been broken. Six people with symptoms and another six without any have tested positive for the virus that causes in one city, prompting a dramatic response.
All of the cases are linked to a single hospital, the Qingdao Chest Hospital, in the city of Qingdao on China’s eastern coast. The city’s health commission posted the news to Chinese social media site Weibo, and the hospital, about 250 miles southeast of Beijing, has been closed.
Qingdao is home to about 9 million people, more than New York City and twice as many as Los Angeles, and authorities are now in the process of testing every single one of them. They’re determined to finish that process by the end of this week — a remarkable feat, but not unexpected in China.
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’s 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
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