Chinese city pays $ 1,500 to those who test positive for COVID-19 – .

Chinese city pays $ 1,500 to those who test positive for COVID-19 – .

  • The Chinese city of Harbin pays $ 1,500 to people who test positive for COVID-19.
  • There is a catch: one is only eligible for the reward if he presents himself independently without needing to be traced.
  • It’s part of the city’s drive to get anyone showing symptoms of the virus to get tested.

The city of Harbin in northern China pays $ 1,570 to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 – provided they report independently without having to be contacted.

This new city government plan will reward those who actively come forward to be tested for COVID-19 when they show symptoms, according to Chinese state media, The Beijing News.

According to a city-wide notification on Dec. 4 seen by Insider, the Harbin government seeks to reward only those who come forward uninvited.

“We advise residents to take note of news indicating where positive cases of COVID-19 are surfacing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, muscle pain, or diarrhea, do not self-medicate. Wear a mask and go to the nearest clinic, and tell us where you’ve traveled and who you’ve been in contact with, ”the notice read.

“If you independently present yourself after experiencing symptoms and go to a medical facility to see a doctor and explain your situation, those who test positive for COVID-19 will be rewarded with 10,000 Chinese yuan,” said the opinion.

While this may at first glance seem like an astronomical sum for a city to set up for a single COVID-19 test, Harbin has consistently detected less than 10 cases per day over the past week.

On December 5, the city reported seven new cases of the coronavirus. However, these people are unlikely to receive any monetary reward as they were rounded up through routine testing and contact tracing.

While the number of cases reported by China has consistently been low since its first outbreak in Wuhan, the country does not include patients who test positive for the virus but who are asymptomatic in its official tally.

Smaller-scale outbreaks of COVID cases in southwest Yunnan Province in April faced aggressive mass testing measures and immediate city-wide shutdowns for 72 hours. More recently, around 30,000 people were trapped at Disneyland in Shanghai after a positive case of COVID-19 was detected there, unable to leave until every visitor and employee was tested.

China is currently trying to suppress an outbreak of dozens of cases in Inner Mongolia, as well as clusters of COVID-19 in Beijing and Shanghai. However, its reported COVID-19 cases remain low. According to China’s National Health Commission, 61 cases were detected in 31 provinces on December 5, bringing the number of active cases in the country to 1,060.


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