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China to test Wuhan residents as COVID-19 cases rise

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Health authorities in China will conduct a fresh round of tests on the residents of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged two years ago.

This followed the reports on fresh cases of COVID-19 more than one year after the country moved to stamp out a slew of outbreaks connected with the Delta variant.

A senior government official in Wuhan told journalists on Tuesday, the city with an estimated 11 million people is would launch a comprehensive nucleic acid testing of all residents in a bid to halt further spread of the virus.

Chinese authorities said on Monday at least seven locally transmitted cases had been found among migrant workers in the city, breaking a year-long streak after it squashed an initial outbreak with an unprecedented lockdown in early 2020.

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China has confined the residents of entire cities to their homes, suspended domestic transport links and rolled out mass testing in recent days as it battles its largest COVID-19 outbreak in months.

The National Health Commission (NHC) said the country reported 90 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the mainland on August 2, compared to 98 a day earlier.

This brought the total number of cases to more than 400 in the last 10 days.

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