China sends mobile coronavirus lab to Beijing as city battles second outbreak
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China sends mobile coronavirus lab to Beijing as city battles second outbreak

China has sent a mobile coronavirus lab to Beijing to help test potential patients, state media has announced.

Health authorities dispatched the mobile P3 virus lab to ramp up testing in the capital following a recent second spike in cases.

The mobile testing unit will be able to collect testing samples from up to 1,000 residents a day in the city with a population of 21.5m.

China’s government sent three of the container labs to the city of Wuhan in February, the epicentre of the first Covid-19 outbreak.

It comes after Beijing reported 137 domestic infections in the past six days, with most of the cases linked to the huge Xinfadi wholesale market.

The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention today sent the lab to Beijing’s southwestern Fengtai district, where the food trading hub is located.

P3 labs have the second-highest biological safety standards and are designed to study pathogens which may cause severe or potentially lethal airborne diseases.

Over 350,000 residents have received nucleic acid testing since Saturday, a city official claimed.



The mobile P3 lab has previously been used in several coronavirus-hit regions across China including Wuhan in Hubei province, Mudanjiang in Heilongjiang province and Jilin in Jilin province.

Pictures released by health authorities show a huge lorry containing the remote testing unit being dispatched to the former Covid-19 epicentre of Wuhan in February.

Footage from state media shows researchers wearing hazmat suits working on coronavirus testing samples in the mobile lab.



Mobile coronavirus lab, China

Today, Beijing has reported 31 new native Covid-19 infections, while cases have spiked in recent days.

China saw the first coronavirus cases but responded with mass testing and a severe lockdown.

The government claimed this brought the virus under control, but many suspect the mass under-reporting of deaths by the Chinese regime.



Mobile coronavirus lab, Beijing

Beijing has ordered all primary and secondary schools to shut their campuses and start teaching online from today.

Those most at risk of having come in contact with the virus were also banned from leaving the city.

All markets, restaurants, canteens and offices have been ordered to carry out deep cleans and disinfection.

Earlier today, Beijing cancelled thousands of flights and train journeys over the spike.

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Pat Reaves
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