COVID: China enforces anal swab testing ahead of Lunar New Year rush

COVID: China enforces anal swab testing ahead of Lunar New Year rush
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[Ed. – Bend over and drop ’em.]

China has begun carrying out strict coronavirus testing requirements in anticipation of the Lunar New Year holiday, as it grapples with a new surge in infections.

The festive season is the busiest time of the year in China and health authorities in Beijing said they were aiming to screen more than two million people in 48 hours using antibody tests and throat, nasal and anal swab tests.

According to reports, more than a million residents in Beijing have already undergone anal swabs as part of the screening. An infectious disease specialist, Li Tongzeng, from the You’an Hospital, told state broadcaster CCTV that anal swabs are more accurate and “reduce the return of false positives”.

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“What we’ve found is that in some infected patients, the coronavirus survives for a longer period of time in their digestive tract or excrement than in their respiratory tract.

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