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Harbin conducts mass testing for COVID-19

24.01.2021 39 просмотров

Citywide testing for COVID-19 nucleic acids, which began on January 21 in Harbin, the capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, is still ongoing.

On Jan. 22, Heilongjiang province reported 56 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 37 asymptomatic cases, the local health commission said.

Nine new cases were reported in Harbin, according to the agency. Among the asymptomatic carriers of the virus, five are also in this city.

Due to this situation, even in spite of the cold, in the early morning, residents line up for mass screening, which begins at 07:00 am every day.

The city authorities have identified 12 districts as an area with an average level of infection risk.

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Dozens of employees at a meat processing plant located in one of these areas have tested positive for the coronavirus. The company, set up with Thai conglomerate CP Group, has required all food processed after January 1 to be sealed. A comprehensive inspection of food, environment and personnel will also be carried out.

As of January 21, 1,650 samples have been collected from the enterprise's food factory. Samples taken from the corridors of the slaughterhouse, from the outside environment of the dressing room, from the cold store, and from the outside packaging of a portion of food products, came back positive.

At a press conference on Saturday, Heilongjiang health authorities called for strict measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the time of the upcoming Spring Festival.

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“The number of meetings should be reduced. During the Spring Festival period, all regions of the province must adhere to the principle of not holding gatherings unless absolutely necessary. Temple fairs, art performances, exhibitions, and sales promotions must be strictly controlled. Both the scale and frequency of fairs in rural areas should also be reduced, and the flow of visitors should be strictly controlled. It is also necessary to properly implement the anti-viral requirements for religious events and venues and tighten the rules for epidemic prevention and control,” saidLiu Yancheng, second-level inspector of the Heilongjiang Provincial Health Commission.

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