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China Says Qingdao Outbreak Linked to Hospital

China Says Qingdao Outbreak Linked to Hospital

Friday, 16 October, 2020 - 08:45
A man walks past temporary COVID-19 test processing labs set up inside inflatable tents in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

Authorities said Friday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 10 million people in the northern Chinese port city of Qingdao after a hospital outbreak there blamed on “inappropriate disinfection.”


Testing is set to continue to cover 11 million people.


Authorities said a total of 13 cases have been discovered in the city, but none since the mass testing program was launched earlier this week.


Health officials said the cluster of infections, the first locally transmitted cases reported in China in about two months, appears to be linked to “inappropriate disinfection” in the CT room at the Qingdao Chest Hospital. Officials said the possibility of community transmission outside the hospital had been ruled out.


The National Health Commission on Friday reported 24 new cases, all of them imported.


Chinese hospitals are currently treating 253 people for COVID-19, with another 381 people being monitored in isolation for having testing positive for the virus without showing symptoms or for being suspected cases.


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