Chinese government has denied the allegation on subjecting United States diplomats to undergo anal COVID-19 swab test.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, a daily briefing said that “To my knowledge… China has never asked U.S. diplomats in China to go through anal swab tests.”
The statement was made after The Washington Post has reported last week that some US personnel had told the department they had been subjected to the anal test procedure.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that Washington the country ensures the safety and security of American diplomats.
“Committed to guaranteeing the safety and security of American diplomats and their families while preserving their dignity, consistent with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as other relevant diplomatic law provisions,” Price said.
China uses anal swab tests as it were believed to be more accurate that throat or nasal tests.
Some patients recovering from COVID-19 tested positive of the virus following the anal swab procedure after being tested negative in throat or nasal swab, research says.
Anal swab involve inserting a cotton swab three to five centimeters into the anus and gently rotating it.