Press "Enter" to skip to content

How Did Qingdao City Complete COVID-19 Testing on Nearly 11 Million People in Just 5 Days?

News Analysis Chinese state-run media Xinhua claimed that Qingdao city tested nearly 11 million residents within five days after a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections emerged in October. Based on an analysis of China’s current resources and news reports by other media outlets in the mainland, evidence suggests that it may not have been possible for Qingdao to conduct such large-scale testing within a short period of time. Authorities in Qingdao, a coastal city in eastern China’s Shandong Province, announced citywide nucleic acid testing on Oct. 12, Xinhua reported on Oct. 16. The outbreak in Qingdao was confirmed by authorities on Oct. 11 when the municipal health commission reported eight asymptomatic cases and four confirmed cases of COVID-19. “Except for the cases already reported, no new positive samples have been detected,” Xinhua claimed. “To ensure the citywide testing can be completed in five days, five cities in Shandong Province, including …