China has found the trading sections for meat and seafood in Beijing’s wholesale foodstuff to be severely contaminated with the new coronavirus and suspects the area’s coldness and high humidity may are contributing factors, officials said on Thursday.
Their preliminary report comes because the country’s capital tackles a resurgence of COVID-19 cases over the past week linked to the huge Xinfadi food center, which houses warehouses and trading halls in a neighborhood the dimensions of nearly 160 soccer pitches.
The latest outbreak infected quite 100 people and raised fears of wider contagion in China.
Among the patients who work on the Xinfadi market, most serve at seafood and aquatic product stalls, followed by the meat and mutton section, and patients from the seafood market showed symptoms before others, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a daily briefing on Thursday.
Low temperatures favorable to viral survival also as high humidity might be possible explanations for why seafood markets could be a source of outbreaks supported a preliminary assessment, Wu said, cautioning that further investigation was necessary.
China has halted imports from European salmon suppliers in the week amid fears they’ll be linked to the recent outbreak in Beijing.
Health officials have also warned against eating raw salmon after the virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon, although the origin of the outbreak isn’t known.
Low standards of hygiene in wholesale food markets and vulnerabilities in its food supply chain got to be urgently addressed, a number one body of the ruling Communist Party said in the week.