TheDepartment of Health of the Chinese city of WuhanIt has reported that it has detected 189 new cases of coronavirus, all of them in asymptomatic individuals, as a result of a massive campaign of PCR tests of the coronavirus to which more than 6.5 million people have undergone in ten days. Wuhan is considered the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thenucleic acid tests6,574,093 people were carried out free of charge and voluntarily between May 14 and 23. Only 1,146,156 tests were completed on Saturday alone, more than 15 times the figure of May 14, when the city started the campaign, the Sputnik news agency reported.
The record for a single day was achieved on May 22, when the capital of Hubei province, with a total population of about 10 million inhabitants, carried out 1,470,950 tests. Before the campaign, more than three million tests had been carried out, so theoretically the entire population of the city could have been covered.
The decision to extend the tests to all those who had not been previously examined was made at a time when Wuhan continued to discover asymptomatic infections, causing alarm amid recovery from normalcy.infactories, businesses and schoolsafter months of confinement, reports the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
The City Council has given priority to residential neighborhoods in which cases have been recently detected, as well as to citizens whothey live in old and densely populated buildings.Tests are not recommended for children under the age of six.
The tests have been well received by neighbors andlong queues have been observed to undergo them,respecting social distance, in provisional posts set up in residential communities and public spaces in the city.
Hubei Province, whose capital is Wuhan, has reported4,512 deaths from coronavirus, 3,869 of them in Wuhan City. Hubei has reported 68,135 confirmed cases in total, 50,340 of them in Wuhan.