China's Nanjing city starts mass testing, suspends subway line amid new COVID-19 cluster
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Nanjing has begun mass testing of COVID-19 for its 931 million residents and has suspended a subway line as the city faces the country's newest local coronavirus cluster.
China's national health authorities said Thursday that a total of 12 new local COVID-19 patients were found on July 21, 11 of whom were from Jiangsu Province, the capital of which is Nanjing.
A total of 11 patients were found between July 20 and 21, according to Jiangsu Province, while no other cities reported cases during that period.
Of these 11 cases, at least nine of the infected were workers at Lukou Airport in Nanjing.
Nanjing authorities said late Wednesday they would suspend a subway line connecting the airport and a train station, and requested another two lines to skip stations in areas at higher virus risk.
The city has launched a mass test among residents and travelers.
A locally confirmed patient was reported in southwestern Yunnan Province on July 21, the National Health Commission said.
Aside from the 12 local patients, a further 38 patients were reported as immigrants on July 21. China reported 18 new asymptomatic cases that it does not classify as confirmed cases, up from 23 a day earlier.
The cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 92,414, while the death toll has remained unchanged at 4,636.
(Reporting by Jing Wang, Andrew Galbraith and Roxanne Liu; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Michael Perry)
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