A peek inside COVID-19 testing lab in north China’s Shijiazhuang

Inside the Fire Eye COVID-19 testing lab in north China’s Shijiazhuang city, staff are working around the clock to process nucleic acid tests.

The lab was built in just 10 hours on a tennis court in the city. It can process up to 1 million samples a day, significantly improving the city’s testing capability.

Fire Eye labs, developed by Chinese biotech company BGI Genomics, have been set up worldwide for large-scale nucleic acid testing. The name comes from the Chinese mythological character of Monkey King, who has the power to see hidden evil.

By the end of Wednesday, there were 463 locally transmitted confirmed cases and two imported cases in hospitals in Hebei.Another 195 locally transmitted asymptomatic cases and five imported asymptomatic cases are under medical observation, said the commission.

Shijiazhuang and Xingtai in Hebei have launched a second round of city-wide nucleic acid tests.