Ice Cream Tests Positive for Coronavirus in China

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Ice Cream Tests Positive for Coronavirus in China

Chinese officials announced on Sunday that they had detected traces of the new coronavirus in ice cream produced at a factory in eastern China, leading to its closure.

The Daqiaodao Food Co. factory, located in Tianjin, a hundred kilometers from Beijing, has been closed down, while employees are tested, according to a statement from local authorities, quoted by the Associated Press.

Most of the 29,000 lots had not yet been sold, according to the same source, with 390 units sold in Tianjin having been collected.

The ingredients include powdered milk imported from New Zealand and powdered whey from Ukraine.

On December 16th, Chinese authorities announced for the first time that they found traces of the new coronavirus in packages of frozen domestic chicken meat, also in an eastern Chinese city.

Until then, China had announced several cases of traces of SARS-CoV-2 in frozen food packaging, but from other countries, including Brazil.

The Chinese government has been suggesting that the disease, first detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, arrived in the country through imported goods, without providing, however, evidence. The claim was met with skepticism by the international community of scientists.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,009,991 deaths resulting from more than 93.8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the AFP.

China totalled 88,227 infected since the start of the pandemic, in addition to 4,635 dead.