It is for the first time in the world that the living novel corona virus has been isolated from the outer packaging of cold-chain food, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement on Saturday.
The authorities in Qingdao, where a new cluster of COVID-19 cases were reported recently, conducted tests on all of its about 11 million population. No new clusters of cases was found after the tests, the local authorities said. In July, China suspended imports of frozen shrimp after the deadly virus was found on packages and the inner wall of a container.
The CDC said it detected and isolated the living virus; on the outer packaging of imported frozen cod in Qingdao. The finding was made during an investigation to trace; the source of recent infections reported in the city. It has proved that contact with packaging contaminated by living novel corona virus; could lead to infection, state-run Xinhua; news agency reported, quoting the CDC statement.
The statement, however, did not mention the country from where the package was imported. The agency said the risk of cold-chain food circulating in the market of China being contaminated by the novel corona virus is very low, citing recent nucleic test results for samples taken from the business.
A total of 2.98 million samples had been tested across the country’s 24 provincial-level regions; by September 15, including 670,000 taken from cold-chain food or food packaging; 1.24 million from working staff, and 1.07 million from the environment.
Only 22 samples from cold-chain food or food packaging tested positive; for the virus as per the CDC. Meanwhile, the National Health Commission on Sunday said 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases, all arriving from outside the mainland; were reported on Saturday. There were no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases it said.
Of the imported cases, five were reported in Shanghai, four in Guangdong, two in Shaanxi; and one each in Tianjin and Sichuan.