COVID-19 may survive at low temperatures, says Chinese expert

VOICES.NEWS-  The Health Ministry announced 862 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections nationw...




VOICES.NEWS- The Health Ministry announced 862 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 45,891.


The Health Ministry announced 862 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 45,891.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, added that 36 more people had died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 2,465.
COVID-19 may survive at low temperatures, says Chinese expert
The total number of recovered patients has also increased to 18,404.


The capital city recorded 142 new confirmed cases, bringing the total tally to 9,971. Meanwhile, South Sulawesi reported 112 new cases, Central Java 99, South Kalimantan 94, and East Java 91.  


The virus has spread to all of the country's 34 provinces. 
The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus at Beijing's Xinfadi wholesale farm-produce market could indicate the virus can survive at low temperatures, according to Professor Zhong Nanshan, one of the world's leading experts on respiratory diseases.
The virus was found on cutting boards for imported salmon at the market in the city's Fengtai district, and since then many markets have stopped selling fish and meat.
"This is different to Wuhan," he told Professor Stephen Simpson, from the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, in an online briefing on the "Lessons learnt from China's experience".
The latest outbreak was in a section of the market for frozen food and, in this case, imported salmon. Zhong said the market "deals with a lot of frozen beef and fish", much of which is imported from overseas or from within China.(dfr/mfp)

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