Qingdao completes city-wide COVID-19 testing_china

  • Qingdao completes city-wide COVID-19 testing_china

Qingdao completes city-wide COVID-19 testing_china

Testing is set to continue to cover 11 million people.

The port city in eastern Shandong province has reported 13 recent infections, majority linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital where infected travellers arriving from overseas had been treated in an isolation area.

Medical staff wait to collect swab samples from residents for COVID-19 test in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 14, 2020.

The cause of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a hospital in the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao was traced to two infected dock workers, authorities said on Friday.

On Friday, the city of Guangzhou, more than 1,000 miles south of Qingdao, found one asymptomatic coronavirus carrier, a 40-year-old man, during a routine health check.

Chinese hospitals are now treating 253 people for COVID-19, with another 381 people being monitored in isolation for having testing positive for the virus without showing symptoms or for being suspected cases.

The new case was in addition to 12 infections reported earlier, which were closely linked to the city's pulmonary hospital.

The head of the city's health bureau, Mr Sui Zhenhua, was also "suspended from the post" and placed under investigation. Nearly all COVID-19 cases in China now occur among inbound travelers. As of Thursday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 85,646, of whom 253 patients are still being treated, with four in severe condition.

Altogether 80,759 patients had been discharged after recovery, and the death toll due to coronavirus stood at 4,634, it said.