China's Qingdao orders city-wide COVID-19 testing following new infections

SHANGHAI / BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Qingdao city announced Monday that it will conduct COVID-19 tests for the entire population of more than 9 million people within five days after importing new cases linked to a hospital for treatment Infections have occurred.
The city reported six new COVID-19 cases and six asymptomatic cases in late October 11. Most of the cases were related to the Qingdao Chest Hospital.
The National Health Commission's (NHC) record of 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China for October 11 was released after the Qingdao announcement, but it did not include any confirmed infections in the city and it was not immediately clear why .
The number of new asymptomatic cases that China does not count as confirmed cases rose from 23 the previous day to 32, the NHC said. There was no breakdown of where the new asymptomatic cases were reported, although 29 of those cases were imported infections.
Daily COVID-19 infections in mainland China have fallen dramatically from highs earlier this year, but the country remains on high alert to prevent painful deadlocks that resulted in a total decline in the world's No. 2 economy.
Qingdao has already closed the Qingdao Chest Hospital and the emergency room at its central hospital. Buildings where the infected people live have also been closed as part of virus containment measures.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 85,578, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

(Reporting by Winni Zhou, Jing Wang and Engen Tham in Shanghai and Roxannie Liu in Beijing; writing by Se Young Lee; editing by Christian Schmollinger and Michael Perry)

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