China to expand COVID-19 testing to prevent resurgence

China to expand COVID-19 testing to prevent resurgence

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[Newsphopick=Hani Na] Wuhan is setting out to test the entire 11 million population of the central China metropolis where the Covid-19 pandemic first emerged after new infections appeared more than a month after the city ended a lockdown.

District officials in the city confirmed with Caixin that they received orders to submit plans to arrange nucleic acid tests for all residents under their purview.

“City authorities required the tests to be completed within 10 days, but detailed requirements and measures are still under discussion,” said a public health official at the Hongshan district, the most populous section of Wuhan with more than 1.5 million residents.

The ambitious plan reflects China’s determination to prevent a resurgence of the virus as the economy reopens. Wuhan reported a cluster of six new cases among local residents May 10 and 11, the first infections since the city lifted its three-month lockdown April 8. Wuhan had gone 35 days with no new cases.

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