China’s Tianjin uses virus testing lab for citywide tests

North China’s Tianjin municipality put a Covid-19 testing lab into use to meet the demand for citywide mass nucleic acid tests, said the local authorities.

Equipped with six chambers, the lab in the city’s Binhai New Area can handle 1.2 million nucleic acid samples a day, the authorities added on Tuesday.

The test results will come out within four to six hours after the samples arrive at the lab, said Chen Mei, Executive General Manager of one of the companies in charge of the lab construction, Xinhua news agency reported.

The municipality of 13.86 million people that neighbours Beijing launched citywide mass testing at 7 a.m. Sunday. A total of 97 people had tested positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday noon in the city.

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