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Over 4 million tests conducted in Qingdao city

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Covid-19: Qingdao to test nine million for coronavirus in five days

Those moves reflect a new approach to containing the virus among governments wary of hurting already fragile economies.

China - where Covid-19 first emerged late a year ago - launched a drive to test all residents of Qingdao after a handful of cases were detected on Sunday.

Governments across Europe are ratcheting up restrictions to try to beat back a resurgence of the coronavirus that has sent new confirmed infections on the continent to their highest weekly level since the start of the pandemic.

Authorities in Qingdao have said they plan to test all 9 million people in the city by the end of the week, similar to previous mass testing campaigns in other cities where outbreaks have been detected.

In comparison, as of Tuesday morning, the USA had recorded more than 7.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 215,086 deaths, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University. Majority were linked to the Qingdao Chest Hospital which treats mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients that came from overseas.

"It's inevitable", Martin Hirsch, director of the 39 hospitals in Paris and its suburbs, told the Pariser Zeitung, estimating that beds will be 70-90% full by October 24th.

JOHANNESBURG - South African scientists on Tuesday launched a clinical trial to test whether the childhood vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) can protect frontline healthcare workers from COVID-19 or reduce the severity of illness for those who become infected.

At one point in May the United States was testing more people than any other country, but it still lagged far behind Europe in terms of testing per capita.

The Dutch government chose to close bars and restaurants as of Wednesday.

"Catastrophic, catastrophic", said Simon Ashdown, owner of the Chepstow Castle pub in Liverpool. "I don't think there will be many companies after this lockdown".

In opposition to lockdowns and social distancing, some politicians have proposed letting the coronavirus circulate in the population to build up "herd immunity" - where so much of the population has been infected there are insufficient new victims for the virus to jump to.

A total of 1,307 people are hospitalised and 63 are in intensive care, data from the coronavirus information platform showed.

'Allowing a risky virus that we don't fully understand to run free is simply unethical. It's not an option.

The financing, which aims to support vaccination of up to 1 billion people, is part of an overall World Bank package of up to 160 billion dollars through June 2021 to help developing countries fight the pandemic, according to a statement.

They are one of 10 firms conducting final Phase 3 trials of their products globally.

The pharmaceutical company has received U.S. funding of around $ 1.45 billion as part of Operation Warp Speed, which is supported by President Donald Trump, who is aiming for a political upswing with a coronavirus breakthrough ahead of the November elections.

However, it is not yet clear to what degree contracting Covid-19 confers immunity, with early studies suggesting a few months while newer ones have indicated it could last longer. "No one in this world can say that they are immune to the new coronavirus".

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