China: Living Corona Virus found on Frozen food packaging

Clay Curtis
October 20, 2020

Of late Chinese disease control authority detected and isolated living coronavirus from the outer packaging of frozen food.

The finding was made during an investigation to trace the source of recent infections reported in Qingdao.

The public authority for the first time concluded that living covid virus can be spread over long distances when accumulated on frozen food.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CSC) said in a statement that this is the first time in the world that coronavirus has been found alive on the outer surface of frozen food packets. Qingdao has registered a dozen new viral infections this month, most of which have been linked to a hospital treating infected passengers from overseas. Qingdao is in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak traced to a hospital where two port workers were treated. Researchers have also detected the virus on imported shrimp and other frozen seafood. The workers had check-ups in an examination room at the Qingdao Chest Hospital, and the room was contaminated due to insufficient disinfection and protection measures, a Qingdao health official told a media briefing.

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According to the China CDC, the active viruses were found on the outer packaging of frozen cod products in the coastal city of Qingdao, which finished testing almost 11 million people last week after logging 13 new cases linked to two dockers.

These were the details of the news According to China's CDC, freezer packaging contaminated with live coronavirus could. for this day. But some residents have begun calling for a temporary ban on frozen food imports.

In the announcement, the CDC suggested people who might have close contact with cold-chain food, such as employees in logistics companies, improve prevention methods, avoid skin contact with cold-chain food and regularly take nucleic acid tests.

It said that 2.98 million samples had been tested in 24 provincial-level regions by Sept 15, including 670,000 taken from cold-chain food or food packaging, 1.24 million from workers in the sector and 1.07 million from the environment.

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