"Some people have expressed worry ... about the tests, which require people to cluster, and whether there's any infection risk," said one Wuhan resident who asked not to be named.
Beijing has 67 labs capable of processing 48,000 tests a day, but other less well–off provinces, including Yunnan and Guangxi, are playing catch–up, opening new labs in recent weeks.
Investigators, who analysed virus genomes from over 7,500 infected people, find nearly 200 mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus since China's outbreak but say this does not mean it is getting deadlier.
Senior school students are back at 121 institutions in China's Wuhan –– considered the Covid-19 pandemic's ground zero –– where they face a new normal: socially distanced classrooms and thermal scanners.
In the animation posted online by China's official Xinhua news agency, red curtains open to reveal a stage featuring Lego-like figures in the form of a terracotta warrior wearing a face mask and the Statue of Liberty.
US President Donald Trump threatened new tariffs against Beijing as he claimed to have seen evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in China's ground-zero city of Wuhan.
China has tried to use the crisis to build influence but is also accused of spreading disinformation and financially benefitting from the virus, while the US has also been criticised for its inept response to Covid-19.
Partial data released from three different trials of the investigational treatment drug remdesivir is creating both excitement and some confusion.
Children may be at low risk for infection by Covid-19 but are vulnerable to other deadly diseases without the vaccinations that are currently being held back by border restrictions according to the WHO's Direct-General.
The number of deaths officially attributed to the new coronavirus topped 200,000 globally, a figure widely believed to understate the actual total.
All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed in a lab or somewhere else, says Fadela Chaib, spokeswoman for the World Health Organization.
Larger shops and those in major German cities will open later as part of an attempted phased return to a more normal existence that will also see some students go back to school from May 4.
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