Chinese authorities are preparing to test all 11 million residents of Wuhan, after a small outbreak in the city earlier this week. It’s been widely believed that this will be done within 10 days – an extraordinary undertaking for a city of 11 million people.
However, Chinese media reports have given some more clarity today, suggesting that while there is a citywide testing plan, the time limit is for each region on staggered start times.
“Each district shall make arrangements for nucleic acid screening plan for all members within 10 days,” said a Wuhan government notice.
Caixin Global reported some districts will start this week, and some next.The article cited Wuhan disease control officials saying the testing will be done by third party companies and some hospital and disease control employees.
However, it said the rate of testing couldn’t see more than 100,000 a day.
On Tuesday Yicai news said Wuchang district was to be screened between 13 May and 20 May, but with the intention of finishing by the 17 may to allow three days “to find out and fill in the gaps”.
A resident of Jianghan, once the worst-hit district of Wuhan, told media he’d received a registration form on Tuesday for himself and his family to either report having been tested or register for testing. Peng Zhiyong, director of the intensive care unit at the Wuhan University’s Zhongnan Hospital, told the Global Times that he hadn’t received any details of the testing plan as of Tuesday.