China conducts skills competition for COVID-19 testing
A participant is performing a nucleic acid test on a dummy.

Asian Tech Press (Aug 10) -- A county in northern China plans to conduct a skills competition to effectively test the professionalism of laboratory technicians in COVID-19 testing.

A county in Linyi, Shandong Province, plans to conduct a full-scale nucleic acid test on Wednesday, as a comprehensive chain-wide, process-wide and elemental practical exercise to test the professionalism of its laboratory technicians, according to a statement.

The local government asked that during the event, "Don't illegally disseminate the scenes of the activity."

With the spread of COVID-19, various parts of China have been actively carrying out such skill competitions since 2020, public information shows.

In August 2020, the Xiangtan municipal government of Hunan province, launched a skills competition for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in the city.

The city said the move was to effectively improve the health emergency response capabilities of professional and technical personnel from disease control agencies and other institutions, and to continuously improve core capabilities such as disease surveillance and early warning, epidemiological investigation and tracing, on-site emergency response, and laboratory testing and detection.

Conducting such a skills competition seems to indicate that China's attitude to actively protect its residents by identifying COVID-19 cases, as well as its determination to insist on "dynamic zero" COVID-19 policy.

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