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China’s Qingdao completes city-wide Covid-19 sampling

A staff member reminds foreigners to fill in an arrival card at Qingdao Liuting International Airport in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, March 5, 2020. Photo: Xinhua. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

QINGDAO, Oct 16, 2020, Xinhua. Qingdao, a coastal city in east China’s Shandong Province, has completed a citywide nucleic acid testing covering all its 11 million residents starting Monday, after a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections emerged, ECNS reported.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, over 10.16 million of the collected samples had been tested, and results showed no new positive cases, Xue Qingguo, Qingdao’s deputy mayor told a press conference, adding that the results of the remaining samples will be released by 6 p.m.

The re-emerged infections have led to 13 new confirmed cases by Thursday. Inappropriate disinfection in the CT room at the Qingdao Chest Hospital was believed to be responsible for the infections.

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