Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections Jun 03, 2020 0 531 12345 AFPBeijingChina tested almost 10 million people for coronavirus in just over two weeks in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began, officials said Tuesday, reporting only a few hundred positive cases.Chinese authorities claim to have largely brought the virus under control but Wuhan officials -- wary of a second wave -- launched the programme after new infections emerged for the first time since the city re-opened in April following more than two months in lockdown.More than 9.8 million people were tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials said at a press conference.Officials added that the 300 positive results were among asymptomatic patients.“These numbers show that Wuhan is now the safest city,” said Feng Zijian, deputy director of China’s national Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Residents queued up across the city at makeshift sites set up under tents in parking lots, parks and residential communities to give nucleic acid test samples -- with roughly half a million such medical checks conducted every day during the period. China does not include asymptomatic cases in its tally of confirmed infections.No asymptomatic people were found to have infected others, said Lu Zuxun, a public health expert from Wuhan’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The city found a handful of asymptomatic cases on most days of the testing campaign, which was initially described as a 10-day “decisive battle,” but reported zero asymptomatic cases for the first time on Monday.The virus first emerged in Wuhan late last year, but cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid-February as China appears to have brought the outbreak largely under control. The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people stands at 4,634 -- most in Wuhan, and well below the number of fatalities in much smaller countries.However, doubt has been cast on the reliability of China’s numbers and the United States has led the charge in questioning how much information Beijing has shared with the international community. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Mumbai, grappling with pandemic, braces for Cyclone Nisarga Jun 03, 2020 0 370 Singapore ends two-month virus lockdown, though some curbs remain Jun 03, 2020 0 403 Suicide bomber targets mosque in Kabul’s Green Zone Jun 03, 2020 0 26 Philippines suspends termination of defence pact with US DPA Manila The Philippines has suspended for at least six months the termination of a 21-year-old defence pact with the United States, which would have taken effect in August. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said .. 21 dead in rain-triggered landslides in India’s Assam state New Delhi At least 21 people were killed in a series of landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s north-eastern state of Assam on Tuesday, officials said. Several villagers were injured in the landslides that .. Bangladesh reports first Covid-19 death in crowded Rohingya camp DPA Dhaka Bangladesh has reported the first Covid-19 death in a huge refugee settlement located in the country’s south-eastern district of Cox’s Bazar, officials said on Tuesday. The 71-year old Rohingya man died early .. Japan imperial palace reopens after coronavirus restrictions Tokyo Japan has reopened the Imperial Palace to the public on Tuesday following a two-month closure due to the coronavirus crisis as the country is cautiously lifting restrictions. The Imperial Household Agency has .. Australia probes US police assault on its journalists AFP Sydney Australia is investigating a US police attack on two Australian television journalists outside the White House, the foreign minister said Tuesday, expressing “strong concerns” about the assault caught .. Taliban rejects UN report alleging continued ties to Al Qaeda Kabul The Taliban militant group on Tuesday strongly rejected a UN report that alleged relations between the group and the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, calling them “baseless” and “bigoted.” “The Islamic Emirate ..