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WHO says Food doesn't Transmit COVID-19 Infection, 97,000 Children test Positive in 2-Weeks after School Reopening

  • World Health Organization’s emergencies director Michael Ryan has said during an online press conference in Geneva that there is yet no evidence that COVID-19 infection spreads through food, the food chain, or packaging, processing, and delivery of food. He categorically mentioned: “Our food, from a COVID perspective, is safe.” The statement comes after Chinese testers reportedly found traces of novel coronavirus on frozen chicken wings (imported from Brazil) in a Shenzhen city (in China’s Guangdong province) restaurant. In fact, the mayor of Wuhu (in China's eastern Anhui province) announced recently that the COVID-19 virus was found on the refrigerated packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that more than 97,000 children have been tested COVID-19 positive in just 2-weeks after schools have been reopened in the United States after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown and public restrictions. In fact, during the last two weeks of July, more than 25 kids have died due to coronavirus, thereby contradicting the popular notion that children are less susceptible to COVID-19 infection. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said in its updated isolation guidance that “Contrary to media reporting today, this science does not imply a person is immune to reinfection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the 3 months following infection.” In the last 24-hours, India has reported 65,002 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infection cases to 2,530,490 (3rd highest in the world). The most affected Indian states are Maharashtra (560,126 cases), Tamil Nadu (326,245 cases), Andhra Pradesh (264,142 cases), Karnataka (203,200 cases), and Delhi (150,000 cases). The total coronavirus infections around the world have surpassed 21,335,828 cases and 762,429 deaths. The two worst-affected countries are the United States (762,429 cases) and Brazil (3,278,895 cases). Till Friday evening, more than 6 million cases of coronavirus infection and 237,360 deaths have been reported in Latin America. The health ministry in Russia has said that they have produced their first batch of new COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. UK has entered into coronavirus vaccine deals with two more companies (US biotech company Novavax and Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical company Janassen) for the supply of another 90 million doses. The United Kingdom has till now secured a supply of 340 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by entering deals with 6 pharmaceutical companies including the recent ones. This means that the UK will be stockpiling more than 5 coronavirus vaccine doses for each of its citizens.