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The Chinese Communist Party vowed to stop using anal swabs to test for the coronavirus on officials from the United States, according to the State Department, but a Chinese ministry spokesman later denied that the tests occurred.

“The State Department never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it,” a State Department spokesperson told VICE World News on Wednesday.

“We have instructed staff to decline this test if it is asked of them, as was done in the past,” the spokesperson said.

Chinese Communist Party officials told U.S. officials the tests were given “in error” and that diplomats are exempt from the required practice used on travelers visiting some areas of the country.

"We have received assurances from [the ministry] that this was in error and that diplomatic personnel are exempt from this testing requirement," the statement added.


China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, denied that any U.S. diplomats were subject to the tests.

"As far as I know, and I have also checked with my colleagues, China has never asked U.S. diplomats in China to take anal swab tests," spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Thursday.


Receiving an anal swab test typically entails inserting a cotton swab about 2 inches into the rectum and rotating. It is unclear if the test is more efficient at detecting the virus than the traditional test of swabbing a person’s throat or nose.

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My husband thinks it’s weird that I hoover my fake grass – it’s the easiest way to clean it, it’s such a ‘game changer’

A WOMAN has divided opinion online after revealing that she hoovers the fake grass in her garden.

The UK-based woman, who posts under the acronym @Bubrrece, took to TikTok and posted a video of herself with the vacuum in hand as she tackles the lawn outside.

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In the clip, she explains: "My husband thinks it's weird I hoover our fake grass…but this is the easiest way to clean it?"

She captioned the post: "Just me?"

The post has since garnered over 514,000 views - and received very mixed responses from social media users.

"I just know the sound of everything going up the pipe will be satisfying AF," wrote one.

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A second commented: "Yep!! I get the kids to do it haha."

A third quipped: "I know people who mop theirs so you're OK just now."

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Meanwhile, a fourth admitted: "Omg I do the same thing."

Another took it one step further and revealed: "I hoover mine every week & spray it so it smells like fresh cut grass.

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"My neighbours give me funny looks a lot."

In response to another who called it a "cool idea," the woman admitted it's a "game changer."

But elsewhere, others weren't quite as impressed with the savvy idea.

"I’ve always wanted to do mine but it’s in the front garden and I’m worried I’ll look insane," one person wrote.

A further warned: "No, it brings up the sand which is needed in the artificial grass, sorry to say. Learned from my own mistakes!"

The woman responded: "What if I just do it once in a while? Will that be OK for the sand?"

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