Coronavirus in China: Kashgar set to complete tests on over 4 million residents as it battles to contain latest outbreak

Coronavirus in China: Kashgar set to complete tests on over 4 million residents as it battles to contain latest outbreak

The city of Kashgar in China’s remote far west is expected to complete nucleic acid testing for all 4.6 million residents by Tuesday as it battles the latest Covid-19 outbreak, local health authorities said.

The local health authorities reported on Monday evening that extensive testing had found 163 cases of infection in the city after a 17-year-old girl was found to be positive during a routine test.

Meanwhile, authorities raised the emergency response to the highest level and the National Health Commission sent a work team to Kashgar to help. At least four townships have been designated “high-risk” areas.

The outbreak in Kashgar came as the worldwide tally of coronavirus infections reached almost 43 million and many countries, including the United States, were still struggling to contain the disease. Several countries have been troubled by their citizens’ refusal to follow social distancing guidelines, and in some authorities have been slow to conduct testing.