A hearty fight in a snowy night-Xinhua

Medical workers take swabs from residents for nucleic acid testing at a COVID-19 testing site in Changchun, northeast China’s Jilin Province, March 19, 2022. (Photo by Zhang Yang/Xinhua)

CHANGCHUN, March 21 (Xinhua) — A few days ago, a spring snowfall blanketed Jilin, a province in northeast China, with a white blanket, and added extra weight to its fierce fight against a new wave of COVID-19 uprising.

The once-busiest business district of Guilin Road was brought to a standstill, except for the orderly queue for nucleic acid tests, after a heavy snowfall in Changchun, the capital.

Jilin has been hit hard by the resurgence of COVID-19, with more than 1,000 new infections in a single day.

Although most of the infections were mild and asymptomatic cases, several rounds of massive nucleic acid testing were quickly organized to fight the cunning virus and contain its spread.

Three lines were formed in a community near Guilin Road, one being a “green channel”.

“Some students have classes online, and time is tight. Some people are not fit to stand in line for too long,” said Zhong Liping from the community office.

A mother with a child was guided to the green channel. “It was so cold that I almost froze. I was happy that my child could finish the test quickly,” said the mother named Gao. “It makes me feel very distressed to see the community workers standing there all day.”

Zhong and his colleagues worked nearly 20 hours a day for entire days, staying in nearby hotels on call instead of returning home. “Once the other day, I only slept for two hours, while the rest of the time I could sleep four to five hours a day,” Zhong said.

Each medical worker responsible for nucleic acid detection collects about 1,000 samples per day, and after each test, complete hand disinfection must be performed.

“Community workers are working too hard. We need to be cooperative and line up in an orderly fashion,” shouted a man in line.

The pandemic has further reduced the distance between community workers and residents. “A lot of people didn’t know what we were doing, but now they fully understand and recognize our work,” Zhong said. “A kid brought us a hot water bottle today, which is really heartwarming.”

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