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China Will Test Entire City Of Qingdao For Covid-19 In Five Days

China Will Test Entire City Of Qingdao For Covid-19 In Five Days

A city in China is hoping to test its entire population of more than nine million people for coronavirus in just five days.

The news comes after 12 cases came from a local hospital in Qingdao which was treating people who had arrived from overseas.

This has led to five districts being tested in three days, and the rest of the city in the remaining two.

Staff members in protective suits deliver living materials for residents in a sealed-off neighbourhood in Qingdao. Credit: PA
Staff members in protective suits deliver living materials for residents in a sealed-off neighbourhood in Qingdao. Credit: PA
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According to MailOnline, the cases were first reported on Sunday and health officials say 140,000 employees, patients and personnel linked to the hospital have already been tested.

The tests are being carried out by makeshift medical centres which are operating for 16 hours a day - between 7am and 11pm.

The city reported six new Covid-19 cases and six asymptomatic cases on 11 October, with most being linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital.

According to Al Jazeera, the National Health Commission (NHC) said mainland China had 21 confirmed Covid-19 cases on 11 October. The report did not include any confirmed infections in Qingdao, and it was not immediately clear why.

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The closed Qingdao Chest Hospital. Credit: PA
The closed Qingdao Chest Hospital. Credit: PA

Last month the coronavirus death toll officially reached one million people, with the figures coming from the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University.

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An investigation from The New York Times revealed that the true number of people who have died from the virus could be much higher.

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Based on mortality data from 32 countries, authorities could add 263,000 more deaths to the official toll.

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The UK has started to tighten restrictions on people's social movements, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson expected to make an announcement later today (12 October).

It is expected that pubs, bars, gyms, betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres could close in Liverpool as part of Tier 3 coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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The closures are expected to take place from Wednesday (14 October) and could last up to six months. It is understood that restaurants, schools and universities will remain open.

Liverpool's leaders have already prepared a statement confirming the government's requirements. They said: "The government has decided that the following further measures and closures will apply to the Liverpool City Region. Pubs and bars; Betting Shops, Casinos and Adult Gaming Centres and Gyms will close.

"These measures they feel will help stop the spread of Covid-19, reduce the levels of infection and relieve pressure on our Hospitals and NHS."

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