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China denies that US diplomats required to take anal swab tests for COVID-19

/ 05:08 PM February 25, 2021
China denies that US diplomats required to take anal swab tests for COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

BEIJING — China’s foreign ministry on Thursday denied that US diplomats in the country were asked to take anal swabs for COVID-19, following media reports that some US diplomats had complained about the procedure.

US media outlet Vice on Wednesday cited a US State Department official as saying that the test was given in error and that China had said it would stop using the swabs for testing of US diplomats.

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“To my knowledge … China has never required US diplomatic staff stationed in China to conduct anal swab tests,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing on Thursday.

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