As Reuters reported, the capital of China is taking all measures to prevent the number of infections from continuing to spread. This week, 20 million citizens out of Beijing’s nearly 22 million will be tested for COVID three times.
Millions of people in Beijing took the second COVID-19 test on April 27.
Beijing tested more than 3.5 million residents of Chaoyang district on April 27. Chaoyang is Beijing’s core district, where nightlife, embassies, and malls are found.
On April 26, 16 million from other districts were tested, and another round is scheduled for April 28.
On April 27, a Beijing health official said that after the first round of mass testing, 12 tubes of mixed samples showed positive. In addition, another official said 46 new locally transmitted cases had been found since 4 p.m. on April 26.
Under mass testing campaigns in China, several samples are combined in a single tube.
Beijing this week ordered its nearly 22 million residents to undergo three rounds of COVID testing. The move came after dozens of cases found in the city recently. Since then, it has also shut down several residential complexes, office buildings, and a university.
Over 194 cases have been found in Beijing during the current outbreak, with more than half of them in Chaoyang, the capital’s most populous downtown district.