Millions to be tested after outbreak in China

Millions to be tested after outbreak in China
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The authorities in Qingdao have begun a five-day campaign to test all of its 9.5 million residents after the seaside city recorded the country’s first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in almost two months, according to The New York Times.
The authorities said that a dozen people in the eastern city had tested positive for the virus as of Sunday. The cases appear to be linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital, which has been treating coronavirus patients arriving from abroad. The hospital has been placed under lockdown.
In a sign of the growing alarm over the outbreak, the National Health Commission in Beijing said on Monday that it had dispatched a team to Qingdao to “guide local epidemic prevention and control work.” Photos on social media showed people lining up for tests across the city.
Context: The government led similar mass testing campaigns in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus outbreak began, and in the western region of Xinjiang.
Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.
In other developments:
■ Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Monday ordered pubs and bars in the coronavirus-ravaged city of Liverpool to be closed.■ France is weighing local lockdowns in a second wave of the epidemic, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Monday. Describing an unprecedented surge in new cases, Mr. Castex blamed residents for relaxing too quickly.

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