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·         Coronavirus: Chinese officials say latest outbreak in Beijing 'is a European strain'

Officials claim the virus is from Europe but is a different, and older, strain to the one currently spreading in Europe.

 

·         Coronavirus: China bans imported pork from German meat plant after more than 650 infected in outbreak

… All products from the German slaughterhouse were banned from entering China as of June 17, the General Administration of Customs said on Thursday, adding German authorities had alerted China to the cluster of infections…

 

·         Coronavirus Is a 'Product' of CCP, says White House Official After Beijing Suspends US poultry Imports

China suspends US poultry imports from COVID-19-affected business firm Tyson Inc, an Arkansas-based meat processor

 

·         WHO chief warns world leaders not to "politicize" pandemic

“We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world.”

 

 

 

Coronavirus: Chinese officials say latest outbreak in Beijing 'is a European strain'

Officials claim the virus is from Europe but is a different, and older, strain to the one currently spreading in Europe.

 

Sky News (UK)

19 June 2020

 

The recent outbreak of coronavirus in Beijing has been reported to be a European strain, according to Chinese officials who have released information about its genome sequence.

 

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official Zhang Yong revealed the early research data in an article published by the country's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

 

"According to preliminary genomic and epidemiological study results, the virus is from Europe, but is different from the virus currently spreading in Europe," he said.

 

"It's older than the virus currently spreading in Europe."

 

China has been under pressure to make data on the recent outbreak public sooner rather than later, following criticism over how it handled the initial emergence of COVID-19 in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

 

The country said it has also submitted its latest results to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

 

The US government has blamed the Chinese regime for not handling the original coronavirus outbreak properly and moving too slowly to contain the pandemic...

 

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https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-chinese-officials-say-latest-outbreak-in-beijing-is-a-european-strain-12010192

 

 

Coronavirus: China bans imported pork from German meat plant after more than 650 infected in outbreak

 

·         Products from German slaughterhouse Toennies are banned from entering China after a coronavirus outbreak at the facility, customs agency says

·         Outbreak is likely add to concerns about the safety of imported food in China and comes just days after Beijing halted shipments of European salmon

 

Orange Wang, South China Morning Post (China) 

18 Jun, 2020

 

China on Thursday banned imported pork from a German company after its workers became infected by coronavirus, adding to uncertainty over fresh food shipments to the country amid a new outbreak in Beijing.

 

More than 650 out of 1000 staff at the meatpacking plant owned by Toennies tested positive for the virus, leading German authorities to close the facility, as well as schools and childcare centres in the western city of Guetersloh.

 

All products from the German slaughterhouse were banned from entering China as of June 17, the General Administration of Customs said on Thursday, adding German authorities had alerted China to the cluster of infections.

 

The outbreak is likely to add to concerns about the safety of imported proteins in China – a country of 1.4 billion people -and comes just days after Beijing halted shipments of European salmon amid fears it may be the source of a new coronavirus outbreak.

 

Though food experts say salmon is unlikely to carry the disease, shipments were frozen after the virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon at Beijing’s Xinfadi market, which has been linked to a new infection in the capital.

 

The outbreak has resulted in a partial lockdown of the capital, though authorities are still investigating its origin.

 

China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday it would step up communication and coordination with other countries to ensure the safety of imported foods.

 

“Increasing the import of food and agricultural products is an important part of China’s proactive import policy,” ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a press conference when asked about the likelihood of further bans on frozen food imports.

 

“(But) imported food and agricultural products should comply with China’s relevant inspection and quarantine regulations.”

 

Traders in China are already worried the appeal of foreign food among Chinese consumers may take a hit after European salmon imports were halted.

 

Salmon and other imported meat and seafood products have been removed from the shelves of major supermarkets across the country...

 

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https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3089661/coronavirus-china-bans-imported-pork-german-meat-plant-after

 

 

Coronavirus Is a 'Product' of CCP, says White House Official After Beijing Suspends US poultry Imports

China suspends US poultry imports from COVID-19-affected business firm Tyson Inc, an Arkansas-based meat processor

 

By Bhaswati Guha Majumder, International Business Times

June 22, 2020

 

Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser said the novel Coronavirus was a "product of the Chinese Communist Party." He suggested that the virus which has killed more than 468,300 globally so far may have been purposefully created by the Chinese government, though without providing any immediate evidence.

 

His claims came along with Beijing's decision to suspend imports of poultry products from an American plant owned by Tyson Inc, an Arkansas-based meat processor, as the Chinese authorities struggle to bring an outbreak in the capital under control. China's General Administration of Customs said on its website that it has decided the suspension after the company confirmed a cluster of Coronavirus cases at the plant, located in Springdale.

 

China Cannot Move Ahead as an Innocent Country ...

 

China's Fight Against the Coronavirus ...

 

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https://www.ibtimes.sg/coronavirus-product-ccp-says-white-house-official-after-beijing-suspends-us-poultry-imports-47269

 

 

WHO chief warns world leaders not to "politicize" pandemic

 

By Associated Press

via Bureau County Republican (IL) - Jun 22, 2020

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — World leaders must not politicize the coronavirus pandemic but unite to fight it, the head of the World Health Organization warned Monday, reminding all that the pandemic is still accelerating and producing record daily increases in infections.

 

The comments by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has faced criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, come as the number of reported infections soared in Brazil, Iraq, India and southern and western U.S. states, straining local hospitals.

 

It took over three months for the world to see 1 million virus infections, but the last 1 million cases have come in just eight days, Tedros said during a videoconference for the Dubai-based World Government Summit.

 

Tedros never mentioned Trump’s name or the fact that he is determined to pull the United States out of the U.N. health agency but warned against “politicizing” the pandemic.

 

“The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself, it’s the lack of global solidarity and global leadership,” he said. “We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world.”

 

Trump has criticized the WHO for its early response to the outbreak and what he considers its excessive praise of China, where the outbreak began, as his administration’s response in the U.S. has come under scrutiny. In response, Trump has threatened to end all U.S. funding for the WHO...

 

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https://www.bcrnews.com/2020/06/22/who-chief-warns-world-leaders-not-to-politicize-pandemic/ax8ttti/