Alert in China for the presence of coronavirus in imported frozen products

The coronavirus puts Wuhan back on alert when the nightmare seemed to be over. Last week, the Chinese city where the first infections appeared announced that it had detected COVID-19 in three packages of frozen meat from Brazil. This Monday, China has again found traces of SARS-CoV-2 in the packaging of imported frozen products, according to the local newspaper The Paper. In this case, the random inspection of a frozen package of pork from France Y stored in the Southeast Xiamen City gave a positive result after performing a nucleic acid test.

The health authorities indicated that the consignment, of 25 tons in total, entered the country through the Shanghai port of Yangshan and that the meat had not yet been on the market. In addition, the authorities sealed and disinfected the cargo storage place.

More demanding controls

In November alone, frozen shipments of indian and indonesian fish, brazilian meat and others products from Germany, Russia and the Netherlands gave positive for coronavirus in the inspections carried out by China, although since July this type of case has occurred in different products from different sources.

The latest occurrences of the virus in various imported product packages have led Beijing to tighten regulations for the importation of frozen foods and their control. To minimize risks, starting this Monday, the eastern city of Shanghai has announced that it will be mandatory to subject all imported frozen products to analysis and disinfection.

No local infections

The Ministry of Health of China has notified this Monday eight new cases of coronavirus, all of them imported, figures that have remained stable throughout the weekend. In this way, the number of imported infections has risen to 3,701, while the total of positives at the national level is 86,346. On the other hand, the Asian country has not registered new deaths, so that deaths due to COVID-19 remain at 4,634.

According to the National Health Commission, in China there are currently 374 patients admitted, four of them in serious condition, and 548 asymptomatic cases under observation. The number of recovered is 81,338 after 19 people were discharged in the last 24 hours.