China begins mass testing for COVID-19 cases in Nanjing city after new virus cluster

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Amid a surge of COVID 19 cases, China began mass testing in the city of Nanjing.

China has begun mass testing of people in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, after 17 airport workers in the city tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, prompting mass flight cancellations And there was a delay.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that nine workers were confirmed as cases and five as asymptomatic carriers.

The remaining three are awaiting further diagnosis, it said quoting local officials.

A total of 521 flights have been canceled at Nanjing Lukou International Airport. The airport was earlier scheduled to handle 663 inbound and outbound flights on Wednesday.

The city’s Jiangning district launched a massive nucleic acid testing campaign after the detection of coronavirus cases.

The municipal government said Nanjing, which has a population of more than 9.3 million, plans to conduct nucleic acid tests throughout the city after the campaign ends in Jiangning district.

The municipal government has urged residents not to leave the city unless necessary. Anyone leaving the city must present a negative nucleic acid test certificate within 48 hours of their departure.

Nanjing authorities have classified four residential compounds as moderate risk areas for COVID-19 and have started closed management there. The report said that all public transport will stop in these medium-risk areas.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan in December 2019, China has so far registered 92,364 COVID cases till Tuesday. According to the Xinhua news agency report, 602 of these patients are still undergoing treatment, out of which 15 are in critical condition. So far 4,636 people have died due to this disease.

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