Chinese city tests more than 8 million residents amid outbreak

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    (201012) -- QINGDAO, Oct. 12, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A health worker takes a swab sample from a citizen for COVID-19 test in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 12, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng) (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)

    The eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao has tested almost all of its 9 million residents for COVID-19 since launching a citywide testing campaign this week, amid the country’s first reported domestic outbreak in months.

    The Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said in a statement Wednesday that it had collected over 8.2 million samples for COVID-19 tests and that no new cases have been found among the results returned thus far. The entire city will be tested this week, the commission said.

    PHOTO: People line up in the rain to be tested for COVID-19 as part of a mass testing program following a new outbreak in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on Oct. 14, 2020.
    AFP via Getty ImagesPeople line up in the rain to be tested for COVID-19 as part of a mass testing program following…Read MorePeople line up in the rain to be tested for COVID-19 as part of a mass testing program following a new outbreak in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province on Oct. 14, 2020.

    A total of 12 cases of COVID-19 — six with symptoms and six without — have been recorded in Qingdao, since an outbreak linked to the city’s Municipal Chest Hospital was discovered over the weekend. As of Wednesday, 532 close contacts have been investigated in the city, all of whom have been quarantined and observed and completed two rounds of testing, according to the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission.

    The Chinese mainland, where the coronavirus pandemic began last December, has so far reported 85,611 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,634 deaths, including 13 new cases of local transmission and 14 cases brought from outside the country, according data released Wednesday by China’s National Health Commission. The country does not count asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.

    ABC News

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