The Health Authority of China has confirmed the corona virus being found alive on the outer surface of imported frozen sea fish packets in the port city of Qingdao. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement on Saturday that this is the first time in the world that the corona virus has been found alive on the outer surface of frozen food packets.
A ‘cluster’ of Covid-19 cases has recently surfaced in Qingdao City. After this, the administration got all its nearly 1.1 crore citizens screened but no such new ‘cluster’ was found. In July, China imposed a temporary ban on the import of frozen prawns as the deadly virus was found in packets and container interiors.
The CDC said it found the virus alive outside a packet of imported cod fish in Qingdao. The government dialogue committee Xinhua quoted the CDC statement as saying that it was revealed during the investigation of its source after the recent infection in the city. It proved that the infection could be spread by coming into contact with living corona virus-infected compartments. However, the statement did not say from which country these packets came.
The agency said that the risk of cold-chain food circulating in the Chinese market is being contaminated with the corona virus. As of September 15, a total of 20 lakh 98 thousand samples were tested in 24 provincial level areas of the country, of which 670,000 were taken from cold-chain food or food packaging.