The nucleic acid tests come after a surge of new coronavirus cases in the capital since the outbreak of the deadly pathogen over one week ago at the Xinfadi seafood market in the city. Food delivery drivers, parcel delivery personnel, and other couriers are all to receive testing for the pathogen. If couriers are to be found to be infected with coronavirus they will be sent home for an immediate 14-day quarantine.
Chinese central authorities have blamed a shipment of European salmon as the source of the new infections.
After initial tests at the Xinfadi market, the virus was confirmed to have been found on chopping boards that were used to handle salmon from Europe.
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Testing of food parcels in China
9.20 am update: On Saturday the Russian Federation has reported 7,889 new cases of coronavirus.
This is the country’s nationwide case tally to 576,952 since the crisis began.
The national coronavirus response centre said 161 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 8,002.
Medics using nucleic acid testing kits
Update 8.30 am: Japan has reported a surge of new coronavirus cases.
There have been 39 new cases of Covid-19 detected in the country on Saturday,
Update 7.50 am: World Health Organisation have announced, “a new and dangerous phase” of coronavirus is upon us after a rise in infections across the world.
There have been 54,000 new cases in Brazil and 81 countries seeing daily totals on the rise
Update 7.20 am: Germany’s confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 601 to 189,135
Confirmed coronavirus infections in Germany increased by 601 to 189,135 on Saturday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute.
The reported death toll in Germany rose by 11 to 8,883.