The essentials As part of their zero-Covid strategy, the Chinese authorities have launched testing campaigns using fish and shellfish.
The images are surreal and make a lot of noise in China. Several Chinese coastal cities have ordered PCR tests on live seafood, fish, crabs and shrimp amid fears they could be the source of a new Covid epidemic, our southern China colleagues report.MorningPost.
This decision comes as the Chinese health authorities have been pursuing a particularly strict and rigorous policy in the fight against the corona virus for several months.
A new wave of Covid-19 in Hainan province
A new wave of Covid-19 has been raging in the Chinese province of Hainan since August 1, 2022. Over 14,000 cases have been detected. Health authorities have therefore decided to tighten the screw by targeting fish and shellfish suspected of transmitting the virus to fishermen.
“We test people and at the same time what they have caught,” an official with Xiamen City’s Ocean Development Office told the South China Morning Post on Thursday. Videos of tests performed on fish and other crustaceans have gone viral.