Beijing will test all food and parcel delivery workers for coronavirus in an effort to control a new spike in cases.
Chinese officials are stepping up nucleic acid testing for couriers who work in Beijing after traces of COVID-19 were found on chopping boards at Xinfadi food market in the southwest of the city, state media said.
It comes after 200 new coronavirus cases were reported in the capital since June 11 in the biggest spike in infections since the previous peak in early February.
Officials have been testing people who work in catering and deal with imported food, as well as those who live near the market.
But now nucelic acid testing, which involves taking a swab from the back of the throat, is being rolled out across all delivery workers, according to local reports.
Image: Nucleic acid testing is being rolled out further, with 2.3 million tests done so far
A total of 2.3 million tests had been carried out across the city of 20 million people, Zhang Qiang, an official from Beijing’s municipal committee, said at a news conference, with more planned for next week.
Residents of 40 communities in the city are currently self-isolating at home to avoid any further spread, he added.
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Flights have been grounded and the Xinfadi food market has been shut down.
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Workers at SF Express, China’s second biggest courier firm, arrived in batches at testing points in Beijing on Friday evening, Beijing News reported.
Food delivery firm Meituan Dianping confirmed that all of its riders in the city would be tested and those who had carried out deliveries in high-risk areas would be temporarily taken off duty, undergo tests and be quarantined at home for 14 days.
Image: Some communities are on lockdown and workers are being tested amid a new spike in cases
Customers will be able to view details on disinfection of the delivery package and their courier’s body temperature online, Meituan said.
Mainland China saw 27 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, with four imported and the other local transmissionreported in the northern Hebei province that surrounds Beijing. There were no new deaths recorded on Friday, leaving the official death toll at 4,634.
Source : Sky News