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AFP  •WUHAN

After a new cluster of cases sparked a mass screening campaign, residents of China’s Wuhan queued up across the city to be tested for the novel coronavirus on Thursday.

At makeshift testing sites set up under tents in parking lots, parks and residential communities as rain trickled down in the metropolis of 11 million people, lines of residents are keeping their social distance formed.

The contagion emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, prompting the Chinese government to impose a tight lockdown on the city on January 23. The quarantine was only fully lifted in early April, and life is slowly returning to normal.

According to government figures more than 3,800 people have died from COVID-19 in the city, accounting for the vast majority of fatalities in China.

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