Coronavirus: China to test nine million people in just five days after 12 new cases in Qingdao city
An entire city of nine million people in China will be tested for COVID-19 in just five days after a small number of new cases emerged.
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People in Qingdao have been joining long queues for test centres following the confirmation of 12 infections, mostly linked to a hospital in the city, the state-run Global Times newspaper reported.
Qingdao Chest Hospital, which treats coronavirus patients who have returned from overseas, has been locked down along with buildings where the infected individuals live.
Qingdao’s Municipal Health Commission said the testing of five districts would take three days, with the whole city being completed just two days later.
Testing points are reportedly remaining open as late as 11pm to ensure medical teams can complete their work.
Qingdao’s new infections came shortly after China had completed its Golden Week holiday, during which millions of people travel domestically to meet up with families.
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