CHINA Possibility of novel coronavirus transmission through agricultural products is low

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Possibility of novel coronavirus transmission through agricultural products is low

Xinhua

19:36, February 09, 2020

BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) - The possibility of the novel coronavirus transmission by contaminating agricultural products, such as vegetables, meats and fruits, via droplets and contact transmission is low, a Chinese expert said Sunday.

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Patients enter the ward of Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) Hospital in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 8, 2020. The makeshift hospital received its first batch of patients of the novel coronavirus pneumonia Saturday night. (Photo: Xinhua)

Feng Luzhao, a researcher with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press conference in Beijing that the transmission of the coronavirus through the fecal-oral route, or via the digestive tract is yet to be confirmed.

He suggested that raw vegetables, meats and fruits should be washed with running water, in the meantime, people should only eat cooked vegetables and meats and fruits with peels.

The virus would die in 30 minutes at a temperature of 56 degrees Celsius, Feng said, adding that cooking temperatures usually reach 100 degrees Celsius or even higher.

Feng urged people to wash their hands more frequently, especially after dealing with these agricultural products. He also advised people to use different kitchen wares, like cutting boards and knives, for raw and cooked food, respectively.

The overall confirmed novel coronavirus pneumonia cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 37,198 by the end of Saturday, and a total of 811 people had died of the disease. 

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