China sets up permanent COVID test stations: report

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China is setting up thousands of permanent PCRs COVID-19 test stations.

Millions of Shanghai residents remain confined to their homes and communities, even as the city has moved loosen restrictions for some

Reuters, citing Deputy Mayor Wu Qing, reported Friday 9,000 were completed in China’s largest city alone, with 5,000 already in operation.

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Officials said residential stations will allow residents to be tested within 15 minutes and that the new system would require people to undergo a negative PCR test before entering public spaces, although it is unclear how recent the tests must be. .

While Shanghai was subject to the nation “zero COVID strategy” Beijing authorities resisted radical blockade measures.

A worker wearing a protective suit swabs a man’s throat for a COVID-19 test on the third consecutive day of mass coronavirus testing in Beijing on Thursday May 5, 2022. Hong Kong on Thursday reopened its beaches and pools in a COVID relaxation -19 restrictions, while the Chinese capital Beijing has begun to ease the quarantine rules for arrivals from abroad.
(Photo AP / Mark Schiefelbein)

the city close subway stations and other travel routes this week and leading announced Friday that all non-essential services in the Chaoyang district would close.

The Chinese capital is fighting its own wave, as mass testing cycles for residents continue.

People were required to undergo three tests during the week and a negative test result within the previous 48 hours is required to access most of the public spaces.

However, Beijing said Thursday which would loosen the quarantine rules by forcing arrivals from abroad to quarantine for 21 days, with at least 14 of them in a hotel.

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Visitors can now spend only 10 days in solitary confinement, followed by another week of home isolation.

Restaurants and bars have been limited to take-out and gyms are closed.

Access to some major tourist sites is also limited, with destinations operating only at partial capacity and closing the indoor exhibition halls.

Reuters noted that Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, has also pledged to set up 10,000 permanent test stations.

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The Olympic Council of Asia She said Friday this year’s Asian Games were postponed due to concerns over the omicron variant.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.