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China’s Wuhan to test ‘all residents’ for COVID-19 as virus makes comeback after a year

Prime News, International (Beijing), August 3:- All residents in China’s Wuhan will now be tested for COVID-19, authorities in the city said on Tuesday. The development comes after reports said the highly contagious Delta variant of the COVID-19 has spread to 18 provinces of China, with fresh cases emerging in capital Beijing on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference, senior Wuhan official Li Tao Tuesday said the city of 11 million is “swiftly launching comprehensive nucleic acid testing of all residents”.

At least 18 provinces in China have even sounded an alarm about COVID-19, as more than 300 domestic cases were detected in 10 days, posing great challenges to the country as it deals with the worst epidemic in months, official media reported.

At least 27 cities in 18 provinces reported more than 300 confirmed cases in recent days, including Beijing, Jiangsu and Sichuan, state-run Global Times reported on Sunday.

With this, China has confined the residents of entire cities to their homes, cut domestic transport links and rolled out mass testing in recent days as it battles its largest coronavirus outbreak in months.

The number of medium and high-risk regions across the country rose to 95 on Sunday, of which 91 are medium-risk regions and four are high-risk regions, including Dehong Prefecture of Yunnan, Nanjing of Jiangsu and Zhengzhou of Henan, the report said.

Capital city Beijing reported two new COVID-19 confirmed and one asymptomatic case on Sunday, a spokesperson said at a press briefing. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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