New Covid-19 Cluster in Wuhan Sparks Citywide Testing

Date: 2020-05-15 14:30:36

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Authorities in Wuhan, China, ordered all residents to be tested for COVID-19 after a cluster of new cases was discovered in the city where the coronavirus pandemic began.

A 10-day citywide testing blitz was ordered by the Wuhan COVID-19 Epidemic Prevention Headquarters on May 11, after six confirmed cases were found in a residential area over the weekend, the South China Morning Post reported.

It was the first cluster detected since the city’s lockdown was lifted, according to the World Health Organisation. A Communist Party official for the area had been sacked on May 11 for “failure to control the disease”, the government’s China Daily reported.

Footage shared on May 14 shows residents being tested at a makeshift facility as part of the operation.

COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan in late December, 2019. The city was placed under a strict lockdown from January 23; the order was lifted 76 days later, on April 8.

Chinese health authorities reported there had been 82,929 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 4,633 deaths in the country from the pandemic by May 14.

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