More than three million samples were taken in a few days in the Chinese port city of Qingdao, where a minor coronavirus epidemic sparked a widespread health response.
Queues for the trial extended in the eastern city until Monday evening, in which six cases of the virus were detected the day before, but took swift action to avert a widespread outbreak.
In stark contrast to the reckless efforts of other countries to establish effective testing regimes, protective health workers in Qingdao set up tents to collect samples in neighborhoods where parents brought their children for testing.
Residents said on social media that community representatives informed them of their nearest testing stations, helping to organize sample collection for mass testing in local districts.
The Qingdao Health Commission said in a statement on Tuesday: “At 8 am… our city took 3.08 million samples for nucleic acid testing. 1.11 million results have been obtained ”.
In addition to six people showing symptoms, six asymptomatic cases have been detected so far.
The city on Sunday announced a goal of testing its entire population – around 9.4 million – within five days of the first case being detected in a hospital.
It was not immediately clear how quickly the results were processed, although China has flaunted its rapid testing capabilities in previous small outbreaks.
The ruling Communist Party in China is desperate to show its ability to handle the epidemic for its citizens as well as for a foreign audience – after it emerged in the central city of Wuhan.
The country has rebounded from its emergence late last year and forced a complete lockdown as the world’s second-largest economy.
China is also desperate to become the first country to produce a coronovirus vaccine, with many companies in the final stages of testing.
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