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China denies U.S. diplomats to use Covid-19 anal swabs

China denied the use of coronavirus swabs to diplomats from US media reports Thursday, saying Chinese State Department employees had been “wrongly” tested.

State media reports that the use of anal swabs in Beijing during a small outbreak in January caused social media turmoil. (Reuters)

China has never asked U.S. diplomats to take a Covid-19 anal swab after U.S. media reports complained that State Department officials had undergone a penetration test on Thursday. It was.

China, which controls most of the virus domestically, said last month that anal swabs could be more effective than regular throat and nose swabs because the virus can stay in the digestive system longer. It was.

However, Beijing reports from the Deputy and the Washington Post, citing U.S. officials that Chinese State Department employees were “wrongly” tested, even though diplomats were exempt from the procedure. Refused.

“China has never demanded that US diplomats in China receive an anal swab,” Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular press conference on Thursday.

Chinese officials have used anal swabs to test people at high risk of becoming infected with Covid-19, including confirmed neighbors and some international travelers. State media reported that the use of anal swabs in Beijing during a small outbreak in January caused social media turmoil, and many Weibo commenters like Twitter responded to a mix of fear and entertainment. I will.

However, authorities acknowledged that the former technology was “not convenient” and would make it difficult to use anal swabs as widely as the other methods used to test millions in large-scale campaigns. It was.

China denies U.S. diplomats to use Covid-19 anal swabs

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