A major Chinese port city near the North Korean border has begun regular Covid-19 testing for its 7.5 million inhabitants as its isolated neighbor battles a spiral outbreak.
China is stuck in a radical, zero-cowardly manner that has left the capital, Beijing, in a mosaic of restrictions and has kept most of Shanghai’s 25 million residents under house arrest for weeks.
Across the border, impoverished, nuclear-armed North Korea has declared more than 1.7 million transitions since last week, putting Chinese authorities on edge.
Dalian officials – a port about 300 kilometers (190 miles) from North Korea – imposed a regular testing policy on all residents on Tuesday after looting a handful of cases in recent days.
City authorities say men and women will be tested on separate days, spreading confusion.
Authorities have told state media that the sex-separation test will allow them to observe the same family more than once a week, apparently assuming a nuclear family unit consisting of a man and a woman.
One of the social media users on the Weibo platform wrote, “I first heard of splitting the Covid test by gender.”
Men will be tested on Tuesday, and women will be tested again on Saturday, with both on Thursday.
“Testing family members at different times will help better … increase the sensitivity and timeliness of testing,” a health official said at a press briefing this week.
Other Chinese cities have also tightened restrictions in the wake of North Korea’s outbreak, with the northern port of Tianjin partially shutting down its subway system “as needed to control disease,” state broadcaster CCTV reported Wednesday.
Residents in some parts of the capital are working on home orders as the city reports 69 new local cases.
There were some signs of relaxation in Shanghai, with some lock-down residents mocking an announcement that the megacity had “achieved zero-covid at the community level”, even as they were stuck at home.
A city official in charge of disinfection has warned against “excessive” disinfection, after parts of Shanghai were engulfed in chemical disinfectant smoke in recent weeks.
Zhu Reni urged staff not to spray disinfectants on humans, not to use drones for spritz in outdoor areas, or to disinfect tablets in sewers.
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