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Beijing Detains Covid Lab Staff It Blames for Worsening Outbreak

  • Officials said Friday lab diluted samples, missing infections
  • Capital’s focus is on achieving zero community transmission
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Beijing police detained 17 employees of a Covid-19 lab for failing to test samples properly, blaming the infractions for worsening the outbreak that’s enveloped China’s capital for a month.

Workers at the lab diluted samples to the point that infections may not be able to be detected, officials said at a briefing on Friday. It led to cases not being found and spawned the risk of further spread, said Li Ang, an official with the Beijing Municipal Health Commission. The city will tighten supervision over labs, including daily inspections.