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A medical worker takes samples for the mass Covid-19 test in a residential block in Wuhan on Aug. 3. Photo: Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The Chinese government on Tuesday ordered mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan in an effort to curb the spread of the Delta variant, AP reports.

The big picture: Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first detected in late 2019, had not reported any local, non-imported coronavirus cases since mid-May last year, per Reuters. On Monday, authorities confirmed three cases of the Delta variant.

  • Cases are also up nationwide. More than 35 cities in 17 of China’s 33 provinces and regions have reported confirmed cases in recent weeks, per AP.

Driving the news: All 11 million residents of Wuhan will be tested for coronavirus, using "city-wide nucleic acid testing," per a Wuhan official, according to Reuters.

  • "To ensure that everyone in the city is safe, city-wide nucleic acid testing will be quickly launched for all people to fully screen out positive results and asymptomatic infections," Wuhan official Li Qiang said, per Reuters.
  • The cities of Nanjing and Yangzhou have canceled all domestic flights, and Beijing has halted long-distance trains from 23 stations in response to the uptick in cases, per AP.

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20 hours ago - Health

Italy to mandate COVID health pass for all workers

Italian minister of public administration Renato Brunetta. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

The Italian government mandated on Thursday that all workers must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's announcement is one of the strictest pandemic measures in the world and makes Italy the first country in Europe to introduce such a sweeping mandate, per Reuters.

Sep 16, 2021 - Health

France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

A nurse tends to a patient at a hospital in France. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty images.

France has suspended about 3,000 health workers without pay for failing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The suspensions came after Wednesday's government-imposed deadline for the country's 2.7 million health workers to get at least one dose of the vaccine.

17 hours ago - Health

Worsening crisis at Rikers Island jail spurs calls for action

A woman holds a sign at the #whatabouther rally in support for the women being held at Riker's Island. Photo: Michael M. Santiago via Getty Images

The crisis at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex has spiraled out of control during the coronavirus pandemic, and doesn't look like it will improve anytime soon.

Why it matters: The infamous complex was already dogged by years of neglect and dysfunction when the pandemic hit. COVID has led to several inmate deaths, even worse staffing shortages, deprivation of food and medical care and failures in guard accountability.