December 7, 2021

China is testing an entire city of 9 million for COVID-19.

  • The Chinese city of Qingdao is testing all nine million of its residents after 12 new coronavirus cases were detected.
  • Officials noted six symptomatic and six asymptomatic cases and traced them to a hospital that tends to treat foreign patients, the state-backed Global Times newspaper reported.
  • Life in China, where the virus was first detected, is mostly back to normal, but authorities move quickly and test widely when new cases are found.
  • China also tested the entire city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people, in May, when it was afraid the virus could spike there again.
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China is testing an entire city of nine million people for the coronavirus after it discovered 12 cases connected to a hospital.

The city of Qingdao found six new COVID-19 cases and another six asymptomatic cases on Sunday, and connected them to the local Qingdao Chest Hospital, China’s state-backed Global Times newspaper reported.

Officials there are aiming to test the whole city in five days. The hospital is where COVID-19 patients from overseas are treated, according to the Global Times.

Reuters reported that the Qingdao Chest Hospital and the buildings where infected patients live have been locked down to stop the virus spreading.

China was the first country to report coronavirus cases, with the first major outbreak in Wuhan. But the country has now largely recovered, with life almost back to normal.

Its strategy has involved tracking down contacts of those who test positive, and telling them to isolate. Mask-wearing and social distancing are also common.