China conducts 90 million tests for coronavirus

2020-06-24 at 14:32

The Chinese government has announced that more than 90 million coronavirus tests have been conducted across the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The National Health Commission said, as of June 22, 90.41 million tests have been conducted by medical and health institutions nationwide.

People are often required to be tested multiple times if they are suspected cases, recovered patients, or overseas returnees — along with their close contacts.

It said, China had increased its testing capacity by expanding the number of testing institutions from 2,081 in early March to 4,804 now.

The Commission added that the number of testing technicians also increased from 13,900 to 28,500.

According to government data, national health and medical institutions have increased their testing capability, from 1.26 million a day in early March, to the current level of processing 3.78 million tests per day.

China has reported 84,653 confirmed coronavirus cases, including at least 4,640 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.