China tests 2,50,000 people for Kovid after new cluster emerges

Health worker conducting a nucleic acid test on a resident in Chengdu (AFP)

Beijing, China:

China has tested more than one million people for coronovirus after some new cases were detected in the southern city of Chengdu.

An elderly couple were diagnosed on Monday as confirmed cases, and authorities have tested their close contacts and food samples.

Local health officials said the virus was detected on food stored in their fridge and on a chopping board in their flat.

On Tuesday, 255,200 residents in the city were consigned to COVID-19 tests, the municipal health commission said, with six confirmed cases and one asymptomatic patient.

According to local authorities, schools and kindergartens in Pidoo district, where cases have been reported, have closed down to quarantine students and teachers and test the virus.

Footage on state TV showed people queuing up in the park to test hemat suits by health officials.

China – where the virus first surfaced late last year – has largely brought domestic broadcasting under control, with state media blaming recent groups on imports of frozen food and other shipments.

The World Health Organization states that there is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food or food packaging.

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Nearly a year after the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan, China is leading a campaign to question its origins.

A Tianjin health official said in November that the city’s infections were traced to imported cold chain products such as pig heads from North America, stating that strains of the virus had been found that had spread to people in Europe and America. Were similar.

The Chinese government is highly allergic to the criticisms and its initial propaganda in Wuhan is among the country’s most politically sensitive subjects.

The families accused the city’s government of hiding the emergence of the outbreak in December 2019, pressuring doctors to remain silent and deny human-to-human transmission.

This threat remained hidden from civilians for weeks, causing the virus to explode into a global epidemic.

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