2 weeks out from the Olympics, China is back to using anal COVID-19 swab tests on some Beijing residents to try to detect Omicron cases

The procedure involves a cotton bud being inserted close to two inches into the rectum.

21/1/2022 12:45:00 PM

The procedure involves a cotton bud being inserted close to two inches into the rectum.

27 people were given anal COVID-19 swabs in Beijing this week in a procedure that involves inserting a cotton swab nearly two inches into the rectum.

20 January 2022, 5:54 am·3-min readBeijing is ramping up COVID-19 testing in the capital, and anally swabbing small segments of its population in a bid to ring-fence as many Omicron cases as possible.Noel Celis / AFP via Getty ImagesBeijing is doing anal swabs on a small segment of its population to detect Omicron cases.

27 people were swabbed this week in the procedure, which involves a cotton bud being inserted close to two inches into the rectum.Beijing this week locked down buildings and tightened COVID-19 restrictions over one Omicron case.In a bid to ring-fence COVID-19 cases and stop the spread of the Omicron variant in the run-up to the Beijing Winter Olympics, China is resorting to anally swabbing a small segment of its population.

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