Eastern China conducts extensive COVID-19 testing to control virus waves
Fresh rounds of mass COVID-19 testing are taking place in eastern China as the country risks new outbreaks and continues to recover from spring outbreaks that affected Beijing and Shanghai.
The “dynamic COVID zero” approach of China’s government calls on local authorities to detect and contain new infections as quickly as possible, although the country has advised against overly restrictive measures as it works to recover the economy.
Over the weekend, China’s daily numbers of locally transmitted diseases surged to more than 300, up from a few dozen at the end of June. Local officials have shut down certain companies and detained more than a million individuals, despite the country’s relatively small size.
Hefei, the provincial capital of Anhui, stated late on Sunday (July 3) that it is now conducting citywide testing every three days after briefly eliminating weekly test requirements last month. Anhui has reported the majority of China’s local cases in the most recent flare-up.