China has reported its largest cluster of asymptomatic coronavirus cases in nearly seven months – which it discovered during a trial to test 4.7 million people after the discovery of a single infection.
Authorities in the Kashgar area of Xinjiang have entered a partial lockdown as soon as a 17-year-old girl working in a garment factory took a positive test during routine weekly tests. The Xinhua news agency said.
By Sunday afternoon, more than 2.8 million residents had been tested – with the rest expected to be completed by Tuesday.
Initial results show 137 positive infections, with another 26 as of Monday, Xinhua said. All 163 infected were asymptomatic – the highest number since China began reporting such daily counts on April 1st.
The immediate family of the infected teenager all proved negative, although the group of cases seemed to be based in a different factory where their parents work, reported the South China Post. However, all 831 workers at the factory where the girl worked were all negative, the report said.
The scale and speed of the tests highlighted the dramatic push by China to stamp out the contagion. Earlier this month, the port city of Qingdao he tested his entire population of 9 million after only 12 cases were detected.
While the pandemic originated in Wuhan, China says it has had fewer than 100,000 cases and fewer than 5,000 deaths, according to Data from Johns Hopkins University – even if they are relatively numbers they were met with skepticism.
In addition to the mass trials, authorities in Xinjiang immediately imposed travel restrictions, urging residents to stay in their neighborhoods and closed schools, the South China Morning Post said.
With thread Post