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Over 617,700 COVID-19 test samples collected in Shenzhen

Updated: Aug 21,2020 08:56 AM    Xinhua

GUANGZHOU — More than 617,700 nucleic acid test samples have been collected in the city of Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong province, as part of the latest batch of COVID-19 testing since a new case was detected earlier this month, authorities said on Aug 20.

The testing started on Aug 14 after a staff member at a local store of Alibaba's fresh-food chain Freshippo tested positive for the virus. The city launched a special nucleic acid screening campaign and conducted tests on relevant personnel and units in its cold-chain market.

As of the morning of Aug 20, with 590,200 samples tested so far, three came back positive, according to the municipal health commission.

The three asymptomatic cases have been put under isolated medical observation in a local hospital.

Shenzhen reported one new asymptomatic case of COVID-19 on Aug 19. The city had reported 465 confirmed cases as of Aug 19, of which three are currently receiving treatment.

Also on Aug 20, the Nantang township of Lufeng city in Guangdong was upgraded to a COVID-19 medium-risk area as the township recently reported one confirmed case and four asymptomatic cases.

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