Beijing has stepped up its coronavirus testing efforts and has so far tested about a third of the population of the Chinese capital, a city official said on Sunday as authorities try to control an epidemic from a market. big in mid-June.
As of Sunday noon, Beijing had collected 8.29 million samples of patients to be tested and completed 7.69 million tests, said Zhang Qiang, an official with the Beijing municipal committee, at a press conference.
“This means that we have already tested everyone who needs to be tested. We are also rolling out large-scale screening in key areas and key populations (of the city) and improving our testing capacity,” said Zhang, adding that Beijing was also receiving medical support from other provinces.
Beijing has reported its first case following the outbreak on the Xinfadi market on June 11 and 311 people in the city of more than 20 million people have tested positive for the virus since then.
According to Zhang, the tests are carried out in batches and include market workers and residents of surrounding neighborhoods. Students, front-line medical staff, and workers in the transportation, banking, supermarket, express delivery, and beauty salon industries will also be tested.
Zhang added that Beijing’s daily testing capacity had increased to 458,000 per day.
China reported 17 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, including 14 in Beijing.
(Reporting by Emily Chow and Samuel Shen; Editing by Frances Kerry)
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