Mass Testing: China Doubles Down on Its Covid-19 Control Plan

Mass Testing: China Doubles Down on Its Covid-19 Control Plan

The coastal Chinese city of Qingdao will test its more than nine million residents for Covid-19, authorities said, after the discovery of a dozen new cases linked to a local hospital—the country’s most significant virus scare in several months.

Local health officials said Monday that they discovered nine new coronavirus cases linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital, a facility designated for patients found infected with the coronavirus after arriving from abroad. Officials had earlier announced finding three cases linked to the hospital over the weekend, just as China was wrapping up its eight-day-long National Day holiday.

Concerns spread Monday on Chinese social media that visitors to Qingdao might have taken the virus home with them. A popular destination known for its beaches and beer, Qingdao handled more than 4.4 million tourist visits over the holiday, according to government statistics.