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Chinese City of Wuhan China to Test its Entire Population,

Belize is only one of hundreds of countries battling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. BBC News reported today that authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan will begin testing its entire population, after a handful of positive coronavirus cases were detected there. Wuhan has recorded seven locally transmitted cases – the first local infections in more than a year. China is currently seeing one of its biggest outbreaks in months, with 300 cases detected in 10 days. Some 15 provinces across the country have been affected, which has led to the government rolling out mass testing measures and lockdown restrictions. Authorities have attributed the spread of the virus to the highly contagious Delta variant and the domestic tourism season. The announcement in Wuhan came as China reported 90 new virus cases today. China had been largely successful in controlling the virus within its borders. However, this new spread, which was first detected among workers at a busy airport in Nanjing, has sparked concern. Authorities have tested the 9.2 million residents of Nanjing three times and imposed lockdown on hundreds of thousands of people. But over the weekend the spotlight turned to popular tourist destination Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, where many of the latest cases have emerged. According to Zhong Nanshan, China’s leading respiratory disease expert, Zhangjiajie has now become the new ground zero for China’s epidemic spread. The new outbreak has also reached the capital Beijing, with the city reporting several locally transmitted infections. The city of 11 million people shot into the spotlight after the coronavirus was first detected there in December 2019.