China deploys anal swabs for better COVID-19 detection

BEIJING, (AFP) – China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting COVID-19, state TV reported, with social media users and travellers squirming over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more effective in detecting the virus.
Officials took anal swabs from residents of neighbourhoods with confirmed COVID-19 cases in Beijing last week while those in designated quarantine facilities have also undergone the test.
Small, localised outbreaks in recent weeks have seen multiple cities in northern China sealed off from the rest of the country and prompt