China will test 9 million people for coronavirus in 5 days in the city of Qingdao

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The Chinese port city of Qingdao, a city on the eastern coast, plans to test some nine million people in the coming five days, after 12 locally-transmitted coronavirus cases were reported, as of October 11. Qingdao’s Municipal Health Commission said six new cases and six asymptomatic cases had been discovered. The new cases come a week after China’s Golden Week holiday – which saw millions travel across the country. Qingdao Chest Hospital has been placed on lockdown, with 114,862 people, staff and patients, having tested negative as of Monday. Testing will now be rolled out citywide for the entire population of nine million. Videos circulating online showed residents lining up late on Sunday to get tested. Testing points are open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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Testing have been successful in keeping China’s overall infection rate low since the country’s initial outbreak was suppressed in March. That has enabled life to return to relative normality, including tourism. As of this week, China has recorded 85,578 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the country’s National Health Commission. n May, China tested the entire city of Wuhan – home to 11 million people.