- The virus was found on the outer packaging of the frozen seafood bought by three companies in Yantai
- The seafood was from an imported shipment that landed at Dalian in China
- Authorities said some of the seafood the three Yantai companies bought had been processed for export
- The rest had been kept in cold storage and had not entered the market
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Traces of the novel coronavirus have been found on the packaging of imported frozen seafood in China.
Local authorities said the virus was found on the outer packaging of the frozen seafood bought by three companies in Yantai, a port city in eastern Shandong province.
According to a report by Indian Express, the Yantai city government said in a statement that the seafood was from an imported shipment that landed at Dalian but did not say where it originated from.
This is not the first time the authorities are finding the virus on packaging.
In July 2020, customs officers in Dalian, a major port in the northeastern province of Liaoning, found the coronavirus in the packaging of frozen shrimps imported from Ecuador.
China then suspended imports from three Ecuadorean shrimp producers.
The Yantai government said some of the seafood the three Yantai companies bought had been processed for export while the rest had been kept in cold storage and had not entered the market.
When asked if any of the processed seafood had been exported, a member of staff at a coronavirus outbreak response unit in Yantai was reported to have declined to elaborate.
Authorities had sealed off the goods, the city government said.
It said everyone who handled the goods was under quarantine and had tested negative for the coronavirus.
The latest outbreak of coronavirus in Dalian city started in late July, with the first case working at a seafood processing company.
In other news, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has announced that his country has developed the first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus.
In a televised video conference call with ministers, the president said the vaccine has been registered.
Putin said: "This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered."
The president also said that one of his daughters was one of those used for the experiment of the vaccine, which Russia hopes to mass-produce within weeks.
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