FILE PHOTO: Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a information convention in Beijing, China September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s international ministry denied on Thursday that U.S. diplomats within the nation had been required to take anal swab exams for COVID-19, following media reviews that some had complained in regards to the process.
U.S. media outlet Vice on Wednesday cited a State Division official as saying the take a look at was given in error and that China had mentioned it might cease such exams on U.S. diplomats.
“To my information…China has by no means required U.S. diplomatic workers stationed in China to conduct anal swab exams,” international ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised a every day information briefing in Beijing.
In an e mail to Reuters, a State Division consultant mentioned it was “dedicated to guaranteeing the security and safety of American diplomats and their households, whereas preserving their dignity”.
Some Chinese language cities used samples taken from the anus to detect potential infections amid stepped-up screening throughout a spate of regional outbreaks forward of the Lunar New Yr holidays.
Checks utilizing anal swabs can keep away from lacking infections as virus traces in faecal samples or anal swabs may stay detectable for an extended time than in these from the respiratory tract, Li Tongzeng, a respiratory illnesses physician in Beijing, advised state tv final month.
Stool exams might also be more practical find infections in kids and infants as their waste carries a better viral load than adults, researchers on the Chinese language College of Hong Kong mentioned in a paper revealed final yr.
Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Writing by Tony Munroe; Enhancing by Alex Richardson and Clarence Fernandez