Inflatable Covid-19 testing lab in Tianjin speeds up mass testing in northern Chinese city

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An inflatable Covid-19 testing laboratory that is able to process about 120,000 samples a day started operation in China’s northern port city of Tianjin on January 11, 2022. Located in the city’s Binhai New Area, the temporary lab consists of six cabins that cover an area of about 1,800 square metres (19,000 sq ft). Together with other facilities including a central lab in Tianjin, the city is now able to test as many as 4 million people using an approach where 10-20 samples are checked at once, according to a technician working at the inflatable lab. Tianjin was the first Chinese city to report an infection involving the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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