Coronavirus: China to test a whole city within 5 days

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

12th Oct, 2020. 11:52 am
Coronavirus China

Coronavirus outbreak is again invading China as the city of Qingdao has decided to test its entire population for coronavirus over a period of five days.

Qingdao’s Municipal Health Commission released a statement posted to Chinese social media site Weibo. The statement mentioned that six new cases and six asymptomatic cases had been discovered. The global times reported that all the cases were connected to the same hospital.

The commission also said that the citywide testing program had been launched. As per the program, five districts will be tested within three days whereas tests will be conducted in the entire city in five days.

It said, “Some 114,862 people – including medical staff and newly hospitalized patients in the city’s hospitals – have already tested negative for the coronavirus.”

The new cases were reported after China’s Golden Week holiday, which witness million travels across the country.

Earlier, the entire city of Wuhan was tested in May. Wuhan has the population of 11 million and was considered an epicenter of coronavirus pandemic.

On the other hand, a New research revealed that coronavirus can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens, etc. for 28 days.

A recent study fromAustralia’s national science agency suggests SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer than thought.

Previous studies found that the virus can survive for two to three days on banknotes, glass, etc. However, new research from Australian agency CSIRO found the virus was “extremely robust,” surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as mobile phone screens and paper banknotes when kept at 20C (68F), which is about room temperature, and in the dark.

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