Chinese authorities plan to carry out mass testing for the coronavirus in the city of Wuhan, where in the end of 2019 began the spread of the infection around the world, announced on may 11, the Agency Reuters , citing two sources familiar with the situation and the document.
The document said that on may 12, each district shall submit a detailed test plan. It is expected that the entire population of Wuhan (the city is home to about 11 million people) will test for 10 days.
May 12, Reuters information confirmed by the Chinese publication Global Times. According to him, officially, the government must announce its plans in the near future.
Global Times interviewed experts from Wuhan University expressed the opinion that mass screening of the entire population of Wuhan might be unnecessary and costly. Professor at the Institute of Virology of the medical Department of the University of Jan Janicu said that “about 3-5 million people have been tested and proved to be healthy, therefore, Wuhan is capable of testing the remaining 6–8 million in 10 days”.
Mass testing decided to hold after being in Wuhan for the first time in almost two months recorded cases of infection with coronavirus. 18 March in the city were not recorded new episodes of infection. 26 APR hospital was discharged last recovered from the first wave of the epidemic. May 9, Wuhan recorded the new patient coronavirus infection COVID-19, and may 10 – five more. New cases of infection with coronavirus was also registered in the North-East of China.
13 cities in Hubei province, which is the center of Wuhan, was effectively blocked after the outbreak of coronavirus infection in January 2020. March 25, restrictions began to take off.
March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As of 12 may around the world, the coronavirus has infected 4.2 million people, reported the American Johns Hopkins University. More 286,9 thousand people died, and 1.47 million recovered.
In China, according to official data, on may 11, coronavirus was confirmed in 82 919 people, 4633 patients died.