hubei health commission said on saturday that a total

    Wuhan steps up mass testing for infections
China's National Health Commission (NHC) said that of the eight new confirmed COVID 19 cases reported on Friday, six were imported infections. However, they pose a risk of spreading the disease to others.The central Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, where the COVID 19 originated late last year, reported 439 asymptomatic cases till Friday, prompting Chinese officials to resort to mass testing of 11 million residents of the city beginning from Wednesday.Hubei health commission said on Saturday that a total of 283,405 close contacts of COVID 19 patients in the province had been tracked by Friday, 763 of whom were still under medical observation.By Friday , death toll from the virus in the province stood at 4,512, including 3,869 in Wuhan.Hubei had so far reported 68,134 confirmed COVID 19 cases in total, including 50,339 in Wuhan.As of Friday cheap jerseys , the overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 82,941, including 89 patients who were still being treated, and 78,219 people who had been discharged after recovery, the NHC said.Altogether, 4,633 people have died of the disease, it said.Explaining the reason for testing all 11 million residents of Wuhan after lifting of its over a month lockdown, Zeng Yixin Cheap nfl jerseys , deputy head of the NHC told the media that mass nucleic acid testing on all residents in Wuhan for COVID 19 will help protect people's health and fully resume social and economic order in the city.The mass testing is conducive to learning more about the scope of the epidemic in the city and carrying out targeted epidemic control and prevention measures, he said.Conducting nucleic acid tests on all Wuhan residents is no easy task in terms of mobilisation and organisation , Zeng said."We need to make sure people who have been tested earlier do not have close contact with those who will be tested later, and the accuracy of the test shall not be undermined by the large number of tests," he said. 


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