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Parcels from overseas may have spread Omicron: Chinese state media

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 18th January, 2022 08:37:07 PM
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Parcels from overseas may have spread Omicron: Chinese state media

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Parcels posted from overseas may have spread the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere, Chinese state media has said.

The State Post Bureau said it has ordered stronger measures to ventilate and disinfect sites where items mailed from overseas are handled.

Postal workers must wear protective equipment, receive booster shots and undergo regular testing, it said on its website.

International packages must be isolated, cleaned and held for a waiting period to ensure they are free from the virus, it added.

The World Health Organisation says coronaviruses “need a live animal or human host to multiply and survive and cannot multiply on the surface of food packages”.

However, China has repeatedly emphasised what it calls the danger of infections from packaging, despite only trace amounts of the virus being found on such items, and has boosted testing of frozen food and other items shipped from overseas.

The Communist Party newspaper Global Times cited the Beijing Centre for Disease Control and virologists as linking recent infections to packages from abroad.

It said on Tuesday that investigators found people newly infected had picked up packages mailed from Canada and the US.

China has locked down parts of Beijing’s Haidian district following the detection of three cases, just weeks before the capital is to host the Winter Olympic Games.