Coronavirus Updates: China testing entire city after a single asymptomatic case

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Coronavirus Updates: China testing entire city after a single asymptomatic case
Coronavirus Updates: China testing entire city after a single asymptomatic case

All 4.7 million residents of a city in China’s northwest Xinjiang region are being tested for COVID-19 after a single asymptomatic case was detected there, officials said.

Local authorities launched the mass testing program in Kashgar, after a 17-year-old girl who didn’t have any symptoms tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday during a routine screening at the garment factory where she works.

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By Sunday afternoon, another 137 asymptomatic cases were identified in Kashgar — all linked to another factory where the girl’s parents work, according to a statement from Xinjiang’s regional health commission. It’s the highest number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases reported in a day in China in more than six months.

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Testing of the entire city is expected to be completed by Tuesday. At least 2.8 million people have been tested so far, according to Xinjiang’s regional health commission.

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Meanwhile, lockdown measures have been imposed and all schools in the region are closed until Friday.

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