The epicenter of the COVID-19 breakout is set to re-test its entire population for the coronavirus after several new cases were reported, according to reports.
Wuhan government official Li Tao made the announcement Tuesday after the city reported three new domestically transmitted symptomatic cases of the delta variant Monday, Reuters reported.
“To ensure that everyone in the city is safe, city-wide nucleic acid testing will be quickly launched for all people to fully screen out positive results and asymptomatic infections,” Wuhan official Li Qiang said Tuesday, according to Reuters.
The city has also found five asymptomatic cases, according to The New York Times. (RELATED: GOP Lawmakers Release Report That Allegedly ‘Proves’ COVID Leaked From Wuhan Lab)
Wuhan officials will be banning large-scale gatherings and have told residents not to leave the city, according to the NYT. Classes have also been switched to remote.
Wuhan officials said Tuesday the city would “firmly protect the hard-won results against the epidemic,” according to the NYT.
Nearby cities are also seeing new cases, with all cases reportedly linked to the city of Huaian, Reuters reported, citing local officials. In total, there are only hundreds of new cases across several cities but officials are concerned clusters could lead to more spread, according to The Washington Post.
Officials within Wuhan and other provinces have begun implementing lockdown restrictions such as increased surveillance and in some areas, offering cash to individuals who report people who are suspected of having the virus, according to The Washington Post.