Ice-cream tests positive for coronavirus

Ice-cream tests positive for coronavirus

According to Sky News, an expert has said that this could just be a "one-time" thing and people should not start panicking.

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many questions as to how the virus spreads.

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The basics have been established, but at the start, it was still very unclear whether pets could contract the virus or maybe only serve as carriers and further the spread of the disease.

Many of these questions have now been answered, but the latest news out of China has left many shocked, because of how unexpected it was.

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Sky News has reported that anti-epidemic authorities in Tianjin Municipality, in north China, are currently tracing people who have possibly had contact with a COVID-19 contaminated batch of ice-cream.

Authorities have said that there were 4,836 boxes of the contaminated ice-cream. With their speedy response, around 2,089 of these have already been sealed away and contained.

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Out of all the boxes that entered the market, only 935 were still in the Tianjin area, with the others being tracked down, but they have not left any of the markets they had been sold to, limiting the exposure.

They have asked residents who may have bought the product to be vigilant and keep an eye on their health and report any changes to their communities.

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The 1,662 company employees have also undergone nucleic acid testing, following the guidance of the local Center for Disease Control, and 700 have tested negative.

They still remain under quarantine.

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After it had sent the sample to the municipal center for disease control and received the positive test results, all the products have been sealed and contained.

The initial epidemiological investigations indicate that the batch of ice-cream was produced using raw materials imported from different countries.

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While this might cause many to panic about possible products being contaminated, a virologist based at the University of Leeds, Dr. Stephen Griffin, has said that it is very likely that this is just a one-off, although any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern.

He also told Sky News that factors that may have contributed to the survival of the virus within this product is the cold temperature and the high-fat content. Other than that, people should not be alarmed or even scared of ice-cream because of this incident.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has previously stated that the occurrence of the live virus in and on packaging is few and far between, and have only happened on rare occasions.

Again, it should be noted that these instances have not been major contributors to the spread of the virus, but should be dealt with accordingly.

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Hopefully, this will be the first and the last time any delicious desserts will be affected, and if anyone has been affected by this bad batch, they will make a speedy recovery.

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