China tests millions within days as cases rise a month after last reported death

China‘s Wuhan said on Friday it has tested over 3 million of its 11 million citizens for the coronavirus, as it seeks to test all residents after a cluster of new cases raised fears of a second wave of infections.

The Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak said it plans to conduct nucleic acid tests for all citizens in an attempt to assess asymptomatic numbers, according to a Thursday report by the official Xinhua news agency.

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The report said Wuhan has identified several asymptomatic cases every day recently.

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Asymptomatic cases are where people test positive for the disease, but show no outward signs of the disease.

China reported four new coronavirus cases for May 14, up from three cases a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement on Friday.

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All of the new cases were locally transmitted and the number of new asymptomatic cases fell slightly to 11 from 12 a day earlier.

The total number of cases in mainland China now stands at 82,933 while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,633.

The first death linked to the disease was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan.

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The Associated Press reported that it has now been a month since authorities announced any new deaths from the coronavirus across China.

China has maintained social distancing and bans on foreigners entering the country, but has increasingly opened up the world’s second-largest economy to allow both large factories and small businesses to resume production and dealings with customers.

Coronavirus outbreak: Wuhan, China reports first COVID-19 cluster since lifting lockdown

Coronavirus outbreak: Wuhan, China reports first COVID-19 cluster since lifting lockdown

— With a file by The Associated Press

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