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China Reports Completing Nearly 7 Million Tests in Wuhan Campaign

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Medical workers prepare to take swab samples from journalists to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus, before the press conference of China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing on May 24, 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 May 2020 09:24 AM

While other nations have had difficulties providing testing on a broad scale, China is nearing a successful two-week campaign in Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the coronavirus pandemic began, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Chinese news reports said authorities have so far tested some 6.5 million in the city by mobilizing thousands of medical and other workers and spending hundreds of millions of dollars. Beijing views the campaign as vital to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus and to restore public confidence that will help reignite the economy and return to a semblance of normalcy.

The 6.5 million cited is more than 90% of the city residents after taking into account children and those who already had been recently tested. According to Chinese authorities, only some 200 new infections have been discovered.

To prepare for the campaign, laboratories went from processing approximately 46,000 tests a day before it started to as many as 1.47 million tests on Friday.

The number tested on one day on Friday, by comparison, almost matches the 1.7 million people total the state of New York has tested since March 4, according to The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project.

However, the large number of Wuhan tests was achieved in large part by pooling samples together to be tested in batches.

In order to ensure participation of the public, Wuhan officials warned that residents who refused to get tested would have their government-issued health codes downgraded, which could harm a person’s right to work and travel.

Some experts, such as University of Hong Kong virologist Jin Dongyan, said it would be impossible to accurately test that many people in such a short period in makeshift testing tents.

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While other nations have had difficulties providing testing on a broad scale, China is nearing a successful two-week campaign in Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the coronavirus pandemic began, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.
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