‘As far as I know, China has never asked US diplomats in China to conduct anal swab tests,’ said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian
The US has accused China of making American diplomats undergo anal swab tests for coronavirus. According to media reports, China has reassured the US that the tests were done “in error”, and that diplomatic personnel were exempt from this specific type of testing.
Some workers had reportedly told the US Department of State that they had been subjected to anal tests. It is not known how many US diplomats may have had the test. A US state department spokesperson told VICE World News that it has “never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it”.
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A state department representative also said that the department “is committed to guaranteeing the safety and security of American diplomats and their families while preserving their dignity, consistent with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as well as other relevant diplomatic law provisions.” China has, however, denied claims that it required US diplomats to undergo anal swab tests for coronavirus. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a briefing: “I checked with my colleagues. As far as I know, China has never asked US diplomats in China to conduct anal swab tests.”
Two kinds of tests are available for Covid-19 in the US: viral tests that tell a person if they have a current infection, and an antibody test that may indicate if an individual has had a past infection. To determine whether there is a current infection, the tests detect the disease by looking for traces of the virus’s genetic material on a sample most often collected via a nose or throat swab.
Anal swabs involve inserting a cotton swab, which is around 3 cm to 5cm, into the anus and gently rotating it. China has been using anal swab tests for some groups of people in the country, including those returning from abroad and those who live in high-risk areas, according to the Global Times, a state media outlet. Chinese researchers say that anal swabs could detect virus cases more accurately and such tests can avoid missing infections as virus traces are detectable for a longer time than the more common coronavirus tests used in the mouth and nose.
“Studies have shown the coronavirus lives longer in the anus or. Brinkwire Brief News.