After declaring itself Covid-free last year, China is witnessing another wave of corona cases.
And according to the latest reports, the novel coronavirus was found on an ice cream carton coming in from eastern China.
The Daqiaodao Food Co, Ltd in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus. But there was no indication that anyone among the employees had contracted the virus.
The batch contained more than 29,000 cartons and most of it was not yet sold. Only 390 cartons were said to be sold to Tianjin. They are now being tracked and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas. The government said that they have recalled the cartons from the same batch.
The ingredients included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine, the government said.
On Saturday, the Health Commission of China blamed the travellers and imported goods saying they brought the virus from abroad.
Whereas on Sunday, China reported 109 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, two-thirds of them in a northern province that is close to national capital Beijing, though no deaths have been reported.
Currently, its death toll stands at 4953 and total cases at 88,227.
China was the first country to report a case of coronavirus in Central Wuhan in late 2019. The pandemic is said to have originated from that very place.
Earlier this month, a team of WHO scientists travelled to China to discover the origins of the novel coronavirus.
According to reports, the Chinese government has banned the entry of two scientists. The Chinese government is of the view that the disease came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food. But this theory has been rejected by various economies around the world.
The WHO team says that the motive behind the investigation is not to blame some but to find the scientific answers. It is about studying an important interface between the human kingdom and the animal kingdom.
The investigation will apparently take months to complete even in the best circumstances. The team must also navigate attempts by China to politicize the inquiry.
The novel coronavirus has killed nearly two million people since the first outbreak first emerged in Wuhan.
Thousands of mutations in the virus have taken place as it has passed from person to person around the world, but new variants recently detected in Britain and South Africa are seemingly more contagious.
Britain has imposed a lockdown for the third time since the first outbreak in the country. Other countries have also reported cases of the new variant and have imposed a strict check on the people entering the country. Adequate measures are being taken all around the world to control the mutant variant.