Source tracing links Beijing’s new COVID-19 case to…

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Beijing, January. 17 (Xinhua): Source tracing has linked Beijing’s new local COVID-19 infection to international mail, a health official said at a press conference on Monday.

The patient received a courier on January 11 delivered from Canada to Beijing via the United States and Hong Kong. She said she touched the outer surface of the package and the first page of the document inside, according to Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pang said they collected 22 environmental samples from international mail and the nucleic acid tests were all positive.

The new case was reported on Saturday and confirmed to be an Omicron variant of COVID-19.

According to other available information, the international mail was sent from Canada on January 7, via the United States and Hong Kong, China, to Beijing, and the case received the mail on January 11. The case is self-reported, during which it only touched the outer surface of the postal parcel and the first page of the paper document, and did not touch the inner surface of the parcel and other papers. 22 international mail environmental specimens were collected, including 2 on the outer surface of the packaging, 2 on the inner surface, and 8 paper specimens in the document, all positive for nucleic acid testing and specific mutation sites of the Omicron strain were detected.

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