September 26, 2022

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Strict measures in China: Fish should also be tested for Corona

Status: 08/19/2022 10:25 am

China has been following a strict zero-covid strategy since the pandemic began. Regular checks are almost the order of the day in metros. But not only humans, fish caught in the sea are also tested.

Chinese health authorities are even testing sea-caught fish as part of their zero-covid strategy. A representative of the Xiamen Health Department confirmed to dpa news agency the practice of testing not only returning fishermen but also their fish. “Whatever comes must be tested.”

Because of the risk of illegal trade with foreign fishermen at sea, Jimei County issued this instruction at the end of July: “When fishermen and their catches arrive on land, people and goods must be checked.”

China, where the virus was first detected in December 2019, is pursuing a strict zero-covid strategy. The country has completely shut itself down. The few travelers who are allowed to enter the country are usually required to stay in a quarantined hotel room for seven days – and then spend three days under observation. In metropolitan areas of millions, people typically need to be tested every three days. Proof of a negative test on the Corona app on a cell phone is required to be allowed into shops, markets or your own residential premises.

Anyone who has been identified as a contact person or has been in the “danger zone” should self-isolate. Anyone who tests positive goes to the hospital. In case of infection, entire neighborhoods are cordoned off.

Omicron wave despite drastic measures

Despite strict measures, the world’s most populous country is experiencing a major surge as the latest Omicron variant spreads easily. The Beijing Health Commission reported more than 500 new infections and more than 2,000 asymptomatic cases on Friday. Above all The tropical island of Hainan is affected. Tens of thousands of holidaymakers are stranded there.

Was Corona brought to Hainan by fishermen?

The Xiamen Maritime Development Bureau told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post that the coronavirus may have been brought to Hainan by fishermen who had contact with foreign counterparts at sea. “We are not the only ones doing this,” it said of the coronavirus tests on fish and fishermen.

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