BEIJING: Beijing on Tuesday ordered mass testing for its 21 million people, after a nucleic acid test of 3.5 million residents on Monday reported 32 positive cases, while the eastern metropolis of Shanghai reported 52 more deaths than the current has reached 190 during the outbreak, officials said.
Chinese capital, which is similar to Shanghai, in the city Omicron grapples with the spread of the variant has ordered mass testing in 11 of its districts from Tuesday, covering virtually all of its 21 million population.
Beijing on Monday reported 32 new local COVID-19 cases and one asymptomatic case after 3.5 million tests were conducted in the high-profile Chaoyang district, taking the total number of cases so far to 135.
Beijing’s local government has ordered Chaoyang district, home to some 3.5 million residents, to begin three rounds of mass nucleic acid testing beginning Monday, official media reported.
The same test would be repeated on Wednesday and Friday, officials said.
All of the Chinese mainland reported 1,908 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 1,661 were in Shanghai, according to a National Health Commission report released on Tuesday.
Shanghai on Monday reported 15,319 locally transmitted asymptomatic infections of the novel coronavirus, with a total of 15,816 local asymptomatic carriers identified on the mainland.
Besides Shanghai, 17 other provincial-level regions on the mainland saw new local COVID-19 cases, including 91 in Jiangxi, 44 in Jilin and 32 in Beijing, the report said.
As of Monday, 28,726 people were confirmed to have COVID-19 who are being treated in hospitals across the country.
There were 52 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, all in Shanghai, taking the total during the current outbreak to 190.
The oldest of the dead was 100 years old and their average age was 83.1 years.
The local health commission reported that all 52 patients had serious underlying health conditions.
With this, China’s total death toll due to the coronavirus rose to 4,828 since it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in December 2019.