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Shenyang expands nucleic acid testing for residents

Updated : 2021-01-04


A medical worker collects a throat swab sample from a resident at a novel coronavirus testing site in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Jan 2. [Photo/Sipa]

Shenyang, the capital of Northeast China's Liaoning province, has expanded its nucleic acid testing program to all residents, according to local authorities.

The second round of expansive nucleic acid testing will be conducted starting Jan 4 for all residents in three districts – Tiexi, Huanggu and Yuhong – and should be completed within three days.

Meanwhile, the first round of testing will be conducted simultaneously for all urban registered residents in Liaozhong district, Xinmin city (including Hutai town), Faku county and Kangping county.

Local authorities said that the government would bear the cost.

The city began conducting nucleic acid tests for all residents in nine districts on Dec 31, 2020, to screen for novel coronavirus infections. As of 10 am on Jan 3, a total of 6,184,499 samples had been collected, and 4,556,845 of them had tested negative.

By the morning of Jan 4, Shenyang had classified 16 areas as medium-risk zones, according to local authorities.


Residents wait in line for nucleic acid tests at a novel coronavirus testing site in Shenyang on Jan 2. [Photo/Sipa]



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