Wuhan Tests Nearly 7 Million Amid Fear Of Second COVID-19 Wave

Publish On: 26 May, 2020 05:36 PM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

The Chinese city of Wuhan, which was the epicentre of the deadly COVID-19 has said that it conducted nearly seven million coronavirus tests in the last 12 days, concluding a campaign to test the entire population after several infections prompted fears of a second wave.

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As per data released by the Bloomberg calculations based on daily numbers released by the local health commission, a total of 6.68 million tests were conducted where people underwent nucleic acid tests, of which 206 asymptomatic cases were reported.

The city's mass testing campaign is part of China's effort to prevent the resurgence of the devastating virus in the country. After a first round of infections that caused harm to both human life and the economy, a new cluster of cases was found after the wave had slowed down in the northeast region which led officials to lock down some 100 million residents.

The mass testing campaign was announced days after new cluster of infections surfaced for the first time since the 76 days lockdown was lifted in Wuhan in April. The pace of testing increased rapidly over the course of the campaign, with the city offering tests to over 1.1 million people on May 23, more than 26 times the number that was completed on the first day, according to the Wuhan Health Commission.

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The highly infectious coronavirus, which emerged in the mainland last December, has so far infected more than 5 million people across the world.