Imported seafood blamed for new COVID outbreak in China

July 31, 2020

BEIJING - The latest outbreak of COVID-19 in China's port city of Dalian was most likely to have been caused by contaminated imported seafood, said Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

China's top epidemiologist was quoted by the media group Caixin as saying that the outbreak had largely been brought under control, with the new case count declining to single digits for three straight days despite a spike nationwide.

Cold, humid environments, such as seafood markets, were more conducive for the virus to thrive, he was quoted as saying.

Caixin reported that the outbreak in Dalian had recorded 57 cases since last week, and spread to nine cities, including Beijing. (ATI).