[Newsphopick=Gyubin Lee] Chinese consumers have almost completely stopped buying imported salmon from Norway after a coronavirus outbreak at a fish market in Beijing was blamed on the fish. The salmon scare began after a cutting board at a fish stall in the Xinfadi market, the largest fresh food market in Beijing, tested positive for the virus.
All three of the first people who tested positive for the virus in Beijing had visited the market in the preceding days. After Chinese authorities launched widespread testing in the capital, 79 people have tested positive out of 80,000 tested.
Yang Peng, a member of the Beijing CDC New Coronary Pneumonia Outbreak Prevention and Control Expert Group, told China's CCTV News that the outbreak could have come into China with contaminated seafood or meat.
"Through testing, it was discovered that the virus came from Europe. The preliminary assessment is that it is related to imports. However, it is unclear where the virus comes from. It could be contaminated seafood or meat, or it could come from people who have been on the market," he said.