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Frozen food pack­ag­ing con­tam­i­nated by virus — China

- Health · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Beijing · U.S. Centers for Disease Control · Hong Kong · The University of Hong Kong · Qingdao

BEIJING: China’s dis­ease con­trol author­ity said on Satur­day that con­tact with frozen food pack­ag­ing con­tam­i­nated by liv­ing new coro­n­avirus could cause in­fec­tion.

The con­clu­sion came as the Chi­nese Cen­tre for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion de­tected and iso­lated liv­ing coro­n­avirus on the outer pack­ag­ing of frozen cod dur­ing ef­forts to trace the virus in an out­break re­ported last week in the city of Qing­dao, the agency said on its web­site.

The find­ing, a world first, sug­gested it was pos­si­ble for the virus to be con­veyed over long dis­tances via frozen goods, it said.

Two dock work­ers in Qing­dao who were ini­tially di­ag­nosed as asymp­to­matic in­fec­tions in Septem­ber brought the virus to a chest hos­pi­tal dur­ing quar­an­tine due to in­suf­fi­cient dis­in­fec­tion and pro­tec­tion, lead­ing to an­other 12 in­fec­tions linked to the hos­pi­tal, au­thor­i­ties said last week.

How­ever, the CDC’s lat­est state­ment did not show solid proof that the two work­ers in Qing­dao caught the virus from the pack­ag­ing di­rectly, rather than con­tract­ing the virus from some­where else and then con­tam­i­nat­ing the food pack­ag­ing they han­dled, vi­rol­ogy pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Hong Kong Jin Dong­Yan said.

The CDC said no in­stance had been found of any con­sumer con­tract­ing the virus by hav­ing con­tact with frozen food and the risk of this hap­pen­ing re­mained very low. — Reuters

 ?? PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES ?? Clos­ing time . . . A bar owner closes up be­fore a city­wide cur­few comes into ef­fect in Paris at 9pm on Satur­day. The nightly cur­few, an­nounced by Pres­i­dent Macron in a na­tional ad­dress last week, is in ef­fect in nine cities across France be­tween 9pm and 6am in an at­tempt to curb the coun­try’s sec­ond wave of Covid­19.
PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES Clos­ing time . . . A bar owner closes up be­fore a city­wide cur­few comes into ef­fect in Paris at 9pm on Satur­day. The nightly cur­few, an­nounced by Pres­i­dent Macron in a na­tional ad­dress last week, is in ef­fect in nine cities across France be­tween 9pm and 6am in an at­tempt to curb the coun­try’s sec­ond wave of Covid­19.

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