China suspends import of frozen seafood from 6 Indian companies after traces of Covid are found on packaging

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China has suspended imports of frozen seafood from six Indian maritime export companies for a week. Previously, Chinese customs claimed to have found traces of coronavirus on the packaging.

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China has suspended imports of frozen seafood from six Indian maritime export companies for a week. It comes after Chinese customs claimed it found traces of coronavirus detected on the packaging.

China has been testing frozen food products imported from around the world since early last year. It has periodically suspended the companies’ imports after finding traces of the virus on packaging.

The General Administration of Customs of China in a press release said on Thursday that traces of the virus had been found on the outer packaging of seafood products of the six Indian companies and that imports would be suspended for a week.

China has largely controlled the spread of the coronavirus, which first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in China in December 2019, with strict measures, though a handful of cases, largely attributed to those arriving from there abroad, continue to be reported in the country.

China’s National Health Commission said on Thursday that six more locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, all in southern Guangdong province, and 15 new cases imported to the mainland were reported on Wednesday.

The origins of Covid-19 remain a widely debated topic, with some scientists and politicians arguing that the possibility of a laboratory leak of the deadly virus exists.

The Wuhan Chinese Institute of Virology (WIV) is near the known epicenter of the outbreak, the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, where the virus first appeared in late 2019 and became a pandemic. More than 174 million confirmed cases have since been confirmed worldwide and at least 3.75 million deaths have been reported.

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