Cold chain foods blamed for covid flare in china


China has connected the Covid-19 outbreak in Dalian, a key port city that has become the country’s latest hotspot, to cold chain meals, and officials scrutinise imported goods more closely. The city in the country’s northeast is dealing with the country’s current virus outbreak’s worst flare-up, putting tens of thousands of university students under lockdown.
According to local media, the initial case was linked to a cold storage facility, and many more illnesses were discovered among cold chain staff. This is the city’s third cold chain-related epidemic. Dalian is a necessary cold chain storage and distribution hub, handling over 70% of China’s total imported cold chain items.
According to a Reuters estimate, since the first local symptomatic patients from the newest epidemic were reported on November 4, Dalian, a metropolis of 7.5 million people, has identified an average of approximately 24 new local cases per day, more than any other Chinese city.
In recent days, cities around the country have intensified their investigations into Dalian’s cold chain restaurants.A dozen province-level regions were able to contain their flare-ups in a matter of weeks thanks to the swift implementation of a complex set of controls, including extensive contact tracing, multiple rounds of testing of people in high-risk areas, the closure of entertainment and cultural venues, and restrictions on tourism and public transportation.
China maintains the claims that the virus may survive in cold-chain food and packaging, and officials have begun examining imported meat and seafood for evidence of the infection.


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