China has begun emergency mass coronavirus testing in the eastern port city of Qingdao.
Qingdao Municipal Health Commission early on Monday October 12, 2020, stated that six virus cases were reported, while another six asymptomatic cases had been found until Sunday.
“Authorities began the mass nucleic acid testing free of cost for over nine million residents of the city. The testing drive is expected to be completed in next five days.” the Commission said.
The new cases are said to be linked to Qingdao Pulmonary Hospital where COVID-19 patients arriving from overseas are being treated in isolation.
Non-COVID-19 patients have been barred from coming to the hospital under new guidelines while all contacts of the fresh cases and medical workers are undergoing testing.
According to China’s National Health Commission, the country’s mainland reported 32 new asymptomatic cases, including 29 imported cases, until Sunday night.