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Canadian health authorities have rejected the Chinese claim that an Omicron variant Covid-19 infection detected in Beijing may have been caused by a package received from Canada.

ThroughAnirudh Bhattacharyya I Toronto

Canadian health authorities have rejected the Chinese claim that an Omicron variant Covid-19 infection detected in Beijing may have been caused by a package received from Canada.

Although this claim was made by the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, it has been rejected in Canada.

Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos called the claim an “extraordinary view,” according to CBC News.

He added that the Chinese accusation was “not in line with what we have done both internationally and domestically”.

Canada’s chief medical adviser, Dr Supriya Sharma, told CTV this was “highly unlikely” as the virus on the packaging would have to survive through international transport. “It would be highly unlikely that it could ever transmit Covid-19,” she said.

Similar concerns about mail have been voiced since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and have been largely dismissed. Canada Post addressed the issue in its coronavirus section, stating: “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have publicly assured that the risk when handling the mail, including international mail, is low”. .

“In general, due to the poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is a low risk of spread from products or packaging shipped over a period of days or weeks. Currently, there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted by imported goods or packages,” he noted.

Canada’s Leader of the Opposition, Erin O’Toole, called the Chinese version “comical”.

The case was detected in a young resident of Beijing who received a package from Canada which arrived on January 10, three days after it was sent, and traveled there via the United States and Hong Kong.

China has adopted a zero Covid policy as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in Beijing and an outbreak could disrupt its plans, particularly due to the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

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