Authorities strengthen nucleic acid testing


Taking precautions: People queueing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. — AFP

BEIJING: Requirement and measures have been issued in China to strengthen nucleic acid testing amid a resurgence of Covid-19 in multiple localities.

All-inclusive testing on a population of five million or less should be completed in two days, and a three-day limit was set for populations of more than five million people, said a circular published by the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against Covid-19.

Nucleic acid testing is a vital way to identify the infected and prevent the epidemic from spreading, the circular said.

No one should miss out on the testing, it said, adding that measures were also taken to prevent cluster infection during testing.

Drills on the testing were proposed for areas without the epidemic so that emergency response could be immediately activated when necessary. — Xinhua

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