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(Asia News) Beijing, China – More than a quarter of a million people have been tested for the coronavirus in China today. This is because a new cluster has emerged in the city of Chengdu, which is in the province of Sichuan.

An elderly couple who tested positive for the coronavirus is the main culprit of the new cluster. Monday, December 7th is when they became confirmed positive for the coronavirus. Thankfully, the Chinese authorities immediately sprang to action to test close contacts and food samples.

After testing the house of the elderly couple, the authorities have found traces of the virus. The traces of the virus come from the food in the fridge and the chopping board.

The 250,200 residents of the city of Chengdu immediately started to swab test for the coronavirus. All of them finished their swab tests by Friday. Fortunately, the results show only 6 positive individuals and 1 patient with no symptoms.

Kindergarten and schools in the Pidu district where the cases popped up have shut down, according to local authorities, with students and teachers to quarantine and be tested for the virus.

The coronavirus appeared during early last year in the city of Wuhan in China. Thankfully, ever since the mid-2020, China has successfully kept the coronavirus under control.

It is suspected that the latest cluster that has emerged in Sichuan apparently seems to have been transmitted from food. This is because the virus from the elderly couple’s home is from their food and the chopping board.

However, the World Health Organization says there is currently no evidence that people can catch COVID-19 from food or food packaging.

 

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