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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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Nov 10, 2021 - Health

Exclusive: U.S. will speed COVID vaccines to conflict zones

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The Biden administration is set to announce today that it has brokered a deal to get more doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine into conflict zones around the world, a senior White House official tells Axios.

Why it matters: Getting the rest of the world vaccinated will save lives — and reduce the chances of more new variants.

Nov 10, 2021 - Health

Health insurance costs for workers rose 4% during pandemic

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Health insurance provided by employers this year cost an average of $22,200 for families and $7,700 for individuals, a 4% increase from a year ago, according to new survey data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Why it matters: While many people lost their jobs and health insurance during the pandemic, most companies didn't rock the boat heading into 2021. But even a relatively modest increase in the already high costs of job-based insurance means workers and families continue to pay a lot more for their health care.

Why local COVID cases are going the wrong way

Data: City of Chicago; Chart: Axios Visuals

After jumping in early August, Chicago COVID cases declined steadily through much of September and October.

  • But in recent weeks they've bounced back.

By the numbers: From Oct 21 to Nov. 4 the rate of daily Chicago COVID cases rose 32%.

  • The city's daily case average is up to 382 as of Tuesday.