Vietnam will test samples taken from food packages imported from coronavirus-hit countries for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said in a notice this week. The health ministry on Tuesday sent a dispatch asking the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance, and People’s Committees in centrally-administered provinces and cities to tighten control of foods imported from countries battered by the novel coronavirus. The world is still struggling with the virus while some nations have detected coronavirus particles on frozen food packaging, the health ministry said in its dispatch. Vietnam is facing a risk of virus transmission even though it has well contained the pathogen. Thus the ministry insisted that the relevant agencies keep a close watch on foods, particularly frozen ones, shipped from virus-struck countries and territories. Such agencies are requested to test imported food packages for COVID-19 and report results to the health ministry. Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said during a teleconference on Tuesday that imported food is a potential source of coronavirus infection. The coronavirus can survive for a very long time no frozen food products, Minister Long underlined. Vietnam has confirmed 1,331 COVID-19 patients, with 1,166 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the… Read full this story
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