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A sample of frozen chicken wings tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Chinese authorities said that frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil tested positive for Covid-19 in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The municipal government said that samples of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus. They immediately traced and tested people who might have come into contact with the product, and all results came back negative. Moreover, all related products in stock have been sealed off and have tested negative. Chinese health authorities have repeatedly told the public to be cautious about buying imported meat and seafood. CNN reported that a day earlier, on August 11, coronavirus was found on the packaging of shrimps imported from Ecuador.

The World Health Organisation has said that the possibility of catching the virus through food is low. They further said it is highly unlikely that people can contract Covid-19 from food or food packaging. According to the CDC, while it is possible to catch Covid-19 by touching a surface or object, including food or food packaging that has the virus on it, and then touching the mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, it is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.

CNN also reported that Chinese authorities had increased the screening of imported meat and seafood products since June when a coronavirus outbreak in Beijing emerged from the city's largest wholesale food market.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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