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China mandates anal swab COVID-19 tests for all foreign arrivals after US slams exam as 'undignified'

Added 03-03-21 08:17:02pm EST - “Beijing insists the procedure is more accurate than other methods” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “China mandates anal swab COVID-19 tests for all foreign arrivals after US slams exam as 'undignified'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China has decided to require international travelers entering the country to undergo anal swab procedures to test for COVID-19, a method the communist nation insists is more accurate than other on-the-spot mechanisms for detecting the disease.

The Times out of the UK reported Wednesday that China has now made the tests "compulsory," in a move the newspaper says deepened "a row with other countries over a practice many have described as humiliating."

According to the New York Post, the Times claims that "as part of the new travel requirement, there will be testing hubs in Beijing and Shanghai airports." The Sun reported that "the procedure involved inserting a cotton swab about three to five centimeters into the anus and gently rotating it."

Li Tongzeng, a Chinese respiratory and infectious disease expert, explained to the media last month that the anal swabbing can "avoid missing infections as virus traces are detectable for a longer time than the more common COVID tests used in the mouth and nose."

As TheBlaze previously reported, Li insisted at the time "that the tests were only necessary for certain populations, such as those under quarantine orders."

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