The blanket move appears to be an emergency response to six new and six symptomless cases recently discovered in the coastal city

9 million in 5 days: China’s Qingdao launches citywide ...

Source: RT

The eastern Chinese city of Qingdao is set to test all of its residents for coronavirus shortly after several cases were tracked down to a local hospital dealing with people returning from abroad.

Qingdao authorities have announced a citywide testing campaign that will embrace an estimated 9 million inhabitants and last for 5 days, it emerged on Monday. Images that surfaced online showed local residents waiting in queues to undergo a Covid-19 test. Some of the test counters had already started working on Sunday night.

The blanket move appears to be an emergency response to six new and six symptomless cases recently discovered in the coastal city. Most of them were linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital which treats mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients that came from overseas.

Some residential blocks and hospitals where the infected people lived and visited were sealed off. The hospital itself was locked down as part of the containment measures.

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