China’s Xinjiang conducts mass testing for 4.7 million people after asymptomatic case reported

China’s Xinjiang conducts mass testing for 4.7 million people after asymptomatic case reported

October 26, 2020   03:23 pm

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More than 4.7 million people are being tested for the coronavirus in China’s Xinjiang province after an asymptomatic case was reported in Kashgar city, the Xinjiang health commission said in a statement on Monday.

The mass testing program identified 137 more Covid-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon -- all of which were asymptomatic, the statement said.

This brings the total number of cases reported in Xinjiang over the weekend to 138.

As of 2 p.m. local time on Sunday, 2.8 million people had been tested in Kashgar. The mass testing is expected to be completed by Tuesday.

The first asymptomatic case involved a 17-year-old girl who lives in a village in Kashgar. She does not have a fever or cough, and all the other cases identified so far are connected to the factory where the girl’s parents work, according to Xinjiang health officials.

All transport in and out of the city is running as usual, and visitors who wish to leave the area will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result from the past seven days, the statement said.

Source: CNN

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