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China's daily COVID-19 testing capacity hits 15 million samples

Updated: Jan 31, 2021 chinadaily.com.cn Print
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A medical worker verifies the identity of a citizen at a testing site at the Fushun community in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Jan 23, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's daily testing capacity for COVID-19 has surpassed 15 million samples, the National Health Commission (NHC) said Wednesday.

"Our testing capacity is even stronger when we conduct pool testing, for example, five or 10 samples in one batch," said Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the NHC, at a press conference.

China is facing rising demand for virus testing as more people are traveling home for the Spring Festival, said Zeng, urging local authorities to improve their testing capacity and explore ways to lower the testing cost and increase the convenience for people being tested.

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