Traces of live coronavirus have been found on frozen seafood in a Chinese city that recently suffered an outbreak of the deadly disease, government health officials said.
The discovery comes amid an investigation into a recent pile of COVID-19 cases in Qingdao.
“It has been confirmed that contact with the outer packaging contaminated with the new coronavirus can cause infection,” the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement.
The report does not suggest that anyone caught the virus from a package of frozen cod that came from an unspecified foreign country.
The World Health Organization maintains that “it is not necessary to disinfect food packaging materials”
China is the only country that suggests that the deadly virus can be transmitted through frozen foods. Officials said a outbreak in Beijing this summer could have come from imported salmon.
Until the last outbreak, China had not reported any new cases of coronavirus for nearly two months. Officials say two dock workers infected a dozen people in hospital.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its website that “People may be able to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, such as a food package or dining room, that has a virus on it, and then touching their own mouth.” , nose or possibly your eyes. However, this is not considered the main mode of spread of the virus. “