CHINA East China city detects coronavirus on imported food packaging

CHINA

East China city detects coronavirus on imported food packaging

Xinhua

13:56, December 22, 2020

A worker arranges boxes of imported frozen meat at a cold storage at Dalian port in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, April 8, 2020. (File photo: Xinhua)

HEFEI, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Bengbu City in east China's Anhui Province has detected COVID-19 on a packaging sample collected from a shipment of fish imported from India, local authorities said on Monday.

The contaminated sample was detected during the city's inspection of imported cold-chain foods. The batch of imports has not been distributed.

The city authorities have launched an emergency response, sealing the frozen goods and tracing 61 people who had been in contact with the contaminated packaging, as well as their close contacts. All relevant individuals have been placed under quarantine and all have so far tested negative for COVID-19.

The city has also notified six people who had access to the goods but have since left the city.

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