A school in Wuhan after lifting the lockdown

China plans to test all 11 million Wuhan residents for coronavirus

Order from nervous Beijing comes after new COVID-19 cases identified for the first time since the 76-day city wide lockdown was lifted

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Published: 05.12.20 , 14:37
Chinese authorities are planning to conduct coronavirus tests on the entire population of the city of Wuhan, after new virus cases emerged in the city for the first time in weeks , state media reported Tuesday.
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  • Officials had been ordered to submit by Tuesday, plans to administer nucleic acid tests on all residents found in the city of 11 million people, this is according to an official notice carried by news outlets.
    סין חזרה ללימודים בעיר ווהאןסין חזרה ללימודים בעיר ווהאן
    A school in Wuhan after lifting the lockdown
    (Photo: AFP)
    "Each district should make plans and arrangements to conduct nucleic acid tests on the entire population in its jurisdiction within a 10-day time limit," the notice said, although it was unclear when testing would begin.
    נגיף קורונה סין ווהאן גילוי נדבקים חדשיםנגיף קורונה סין ווהאן גילוי נדבקים חדשים
    The streets of Wuhan after the lockdown
    (Photo: AFP)
    The planned tests come after Wuhan reported the first cluster of new COVID-19 infections, since the city re-opened on April 8, after a 76-day lockdown.
    נגיף קורונה סין ווהאן גילוי נדבקים חדשיםנגיף קורונה סין ווהאן גילוי נדבקים חדשים
    The streets of Wuhan after the lockdown
    (Photo: AFP)
    Six new cases were reported on Sunday and Monday from a residential compound found in the Dongxihu District.
    But an official from the District's epidemic prevention and control commanding office, told AFP that they have "not yet received news about this notice."
    China has largely brought the virus under control, but it has been on edge about being hit by a second wave as it has lifted lockdowns and restrictions across the country.

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    נגיף קורונה סין ווהאן גילוי נדבקים חדשים
    The streets of Wuhan after the lockdown
    Photo: AFP