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In Depth: Widespread coronavirus tests to be new normal in China

Frequent and reliable checks seen as key to getting country back on its feet

High school students in Wuhan take virus tests on April 30 before returning to school in early May.   © Reuters

Large-scale, efficient testing has been proven key to controlling the spread of the new coronavirus in the global war against the pandemic. As countries from around the world move to reopen economies after monthslong lockdowns, efforts to ramp up testing become even more essential.

But quickly expanding capacity to meet massive testing demand while improving the reliability of results remains a challenge.

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