China routinely performs anal swab testing for Covid-19, especially on its children, many of whom have been traumatised by the procedure. China began Swabbing for Covid via the anus in January, with some experts there saying the anal swab method is a more accurate way of testing for COVID-19.
Anal Swabs, involving the insertion of a device 2 to 3 inches inside the rectum and being 'rolled around', have been described by Chinese State officials as 'inconvenient' but offering a 'better detection rate' for those pesky people who aren't ill and who test negative with other methods.
Now, Tokyo has asked Beijing to stop performing COVID-19 anal swabs on its citizens after complaints that the procedure causes “psychological pain.” “Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused a great psychological pain,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato.
Last week, China denied that it had forced U.S. diplomats to undergo the anal swab test, with China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian telling a press conference that “China has never required US diplomatic staff stationed in China to conduct anal swab tests.” However, workers told the U.S. State Department that they had been given the test, and that they were traumatic in nature.
Last month videos emerged of children in a lot of discomfort and distress after being subjected to the test. Chinese state officials called the videos “doctored and fake,” but didn’t offer an explanation of what they actually show.
Much of China’s draconian response to the coronavirus was praised by western media and adopted by SAGE and the CDC so expect anal swabs to be used here any time soon.
Swabs; coming to an anus near you soon.