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COVID-19: China Makes Anal Swabs Compulsory For Foreign Travellers

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China has announced that anal Swabs will now be compulsory for foreign travelers to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The government claimed that such tests provide a higher degree of accuracy than other screening methods for the virus, the Times UK reported.

COVID-19: China Makes Anal Swabs Compulsory For Foreign Travellers
As part of the new travel requirement, there will be testing hubs in Beijing and Shanghai airports, the outlet reported. Li Tongzeng, a respiratory disease medic, said that the anal swabs are better because virus traces stay longer in fecal samples than they do in the nose or throat, state media reported. “If we add anal swab testing, it can raise our rate of identifying infected patients,” Li Tongzeng told the Washington Post in January.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, however, defended the screenings as a science-based test.  The test is in accordance with the changes in the epidemic situation as well as relevant laws and regulations, he said. The test, which takes around 10 seconds, involves a saline-soaked cotton swab being inserted three to five centimeters into the rectum and rotated several times. When the swab is then removed it will be securely placed in a test container before the sample is then tested for traces of the COVID-19 virus.

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