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Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters gathered outside in Manhattan on Sunday morning as part of flag-waving convoy to wish the president well as continues his battle with COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Medical Center.

A procession of around 100 vehicles packed Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower this morning, temporarily bringing traffic to a standstill as dozens of MAGA-supporting motorists honked their horns, cheered and waved ‘Trump 2020’ flags.

The supporters, from Suffolk County, Long Island, also chanted ‘four more years’ outside the president’s former residence.

Many were clad in Trump 2020 and Make America Great Again attire. Very few opted to wear masks or adhere to social distancing guidelines, despite Trump’s diagnosis. 

The gesture of support lasted around an hour and stretched for more than three blocks from 56th Street and beyond 59th Street.

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Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters gathered outside In Manhattan on Sunday morning as part of flag-waving convoy

Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters gathered outside In Manhattan on Sunday morning as part of flag-waving convoy

Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters gathered outside In Manhattan on Sunday morning as part of flag-waving convoy

The demonstration was held to wish the president well as continues his battle with COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Medical Center

The demonstration was held to wish the president well as continues his battle with COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Medical Center

The demonstration was held to wish the president well as continues his battle with COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Medical Center

A procession of around 100 vehicles packed Fifth Avenue outside Trump Towers this morning, temporarily bringing traffic to a standstill

A procession of around 100 vehicles packed Fifth Avenue outside Trump Towers this morning, temporarily bringing traffic to a standstill

A procession of around 100 vehicles packed Fifth Avenue outside Trump Towers this morning, temporarily bringing traffic to a standstill

Dozens of MAGA-supporting motorists honked their horns, cheered and waved ‘Trump 2020’ flags.

Dozens of MAGA-supporting motorists honked their horns, cheered and waved ‘Trump 2020’ flags.

Dozens of MAGA-supporting motorists honked their horns, cheered and waved ‘Trump 2020’ flags.

The supporters, from Suffolk County, Long Island, also chanted ‘four more years’ outside the president’s former residence

The supporters, from Suffolk County, Long Island, also chanted ‘four more years’ outside the president’s former residence

The supporters, from Suffolk County, Long Island, also chanted ‘four more years’ outside the president’s former residence

The New York Police Department were present at the scene and no incidents have been reported.

The group said their message is to stand behind President Trump and wish him a speedy recovery. They eventually cleared out and traffic began to move again around 9:45am. 

The last several days have proved unpredictable for the Trump administration as they battled both illness and dwindling poll numbers just one month before the contentious November election. 

It was confirmed early Friday morning that Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive following several days of campaign rallies and Tuesday’s debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trump was given supplemental oxygen at the White House Friday morning, before he was transported to the Walter Reed Medical Center that evening, according to The Associated Press, citing a person familiar with Trump’s condition who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Shortly after, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows painted a much starker picture, telling reporters outside the hospital, ‘the president’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery.’

In an update Saturday night, Dr. Conley expressed cautious optimism but added that the president was ‘not yet out of the woods.’

Trump provided his own account of his medical condition on Saturday evening, releasing a video of him working from the presidential suite at the hospital in a white button down with no tie and the first button undone.

He said in the video that he is feeling better and will ‘be back soon.’

Sunday’s display follow similar acts of support that happened throughout New York and the rest of the US over the weekend.

The New York Police Department were present at the scene and no incidents have been reported

The New York Police Department were present at the scene and no incidents have been reported

The New York Police Department were present at the scene and no incidents have been reported

The last several days have proved unpredictable for the Trump administration as they battled both illness and dwindling poll numbers just one month before the contentious November election

The last several days have proved unpredictable for the Trump administration as they battled both illness and dwindling poll numbers just one month before the contentious November election

The last several days have proved unpredictable for the Trump administration as they battled both illness and dwindling poll numbers just one month before the contentious November election

Rows of trucks and other vehicles line Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday morning

Rows of trucks and other vehicles line Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday morning

Rows of trucks and other vehicles line Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday morning

A crowd of maskless Trump supporters are seen huddled closely together in the street, waiving Trump flags

A crowd of maskless Trump supporters are seen huddled closely together in the street, waiving Trump flags

A crowd of maskless Trump supporters are seen huddled closely together in the street, waiving Trump flags

Others clutched 'Thin Blue Line' flags in the ceremony which last around an hour

Others clutched 'Thin Blue Line' flags in the ceremony which last around an hour

Others clutched ‘Thin Blue Line’ flags in the ceremony which last around an hour

An estimated 2,500 Staten Island residents – many clutching US flags or wearing Trump memorabilia and forgoing face coverings – turned out for a rally in prayer for the President at a Charleston shopping mall on Saturday.

Coming as part of the ‘Triumph Rally’, the jubilant crowd waved flags and chanted the president’s name. A large poster reading, ‘The Fight of the Century: Law and Order vs. Anarchy’ that superimposed the president’s image over Muhammad Ali in the famous photo of his knockout punch during his title defense in Ali-Liston II.

Residents who attended bowed their heads and clasped their hands in prayer for the president.

A small crowd of fervent supporters also banded together outside the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, beginning at 9am and lasting late into the evening.

Organized by ‘Women for America First’, the crowd held a prayer vigil for the president that night.

Trump acknowledged footage of the vigil in a tweet on Saturday, writing ‘Thank you so much!’ to his supporters.

The revelation that Trump has coronavirus was not a deterrent for the event organizers.

‘I’m not particularly concerned about us doing peaceful protest of folks here in Staten Island when we saw thousands upon thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters in Prospect Park,’ Brendan Lantry, the head of the Staten Island GOP, told the publication.

‘This event is going to be on a much, much smaller scale than a lot of those riots and protests, and so we’re going to do our best to ensure that people are safe.’

Attendees of the event came from Suffolk County, Long Island and drove into Manhattan on Sunday morning

Attendees of the event came from Suffolk County, Long Island and drove into Manhattan on Sunday morning

Attendees of the event came from Suffolk County, Long Island and drove into Manhattan on Sunday morning

A Thin Blue Line flag is seen hanging from the hood of an SUV, with a Trump 2020 flag displayed next to the windshield

A Thin Blue Line flag is seen hanging from the hood of an SUV, with a Trump 2020 flag displayed next to the windshield

A Thin Blue Line flag is seen hanging from the hood of an SUV, with a Trump 2020 flag displayed next to the windshield

Trump fans pose for selfies in the midst of the event, as a cacophony of horns and chants of 'four more years blare out'

Trump fans pose for selfies in the midst of the event, as a cacophony of horns and chants of 'four more years blare out'

Trump fans pose for selfies in the midst of the event, as a cacophony of horns and chants of ‘four more years blare out’ 

Traffic was gridlocked for around an hour in the area. The NYPD was present and no incidents have so far been reported

Traffic was gridlocked for around an hour in the area. The NYPD was present and no incidents have so far been reported

Traffic was gridlocked for around an hour in the area. The NYPD was present and no incidents have so far been reported

It was confirmed early Friday morning that Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive following several days of campaign rallies and Tuesday's debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio

It was confirmed early Friday morning that Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive following several days of campaign rallies and Tuesday's debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio

It was confirmed early Friday morning that Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive following several days of campaign rallies and Tuesday’s debate with Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio

Further south, supporters of President Trump held another ‘Make American Boats Great Again Parade’ event in Florida on Saturday.

A video shared to Twitter by a member of Trump’s campaign ‘War Room’ showed droves of boats – both big and small – sailing through the waters of Fort Lauderdale.

Photos taken from the shoreline showed boats outfitted with a swath of ‘Make America Great Again’, American and the Thin Blue Line flags clinched atop.

One boat with at least four supporters on it donned a large sculpture of Trump’s head that was mounted on top.

Some banners read ‘Trump 2020: No More Bull****’ and Confederate flags held the phrase ‘Come and take it.’

A super supporter wore a blonde wig resembling Trump’s and waved around a small American flag.

Despite the area receiving a downpour of rain Saturday evening, boats were still spotted out on the waters into the afternoon

In New York City, people gathered near a Regal Cinema in Staten Island to pray for President Trump after his COVID-19 diagnosis on Friday

In New York City, people gathered near a Regal Cinema in Staten Island to pray for President Trump after his COVID-19 diagnosis on Friday

In New York City, people gathered near a Regal Cinema in Staten Island to pray for President Trump after his COVID-19 diagnosis on Friday

People hold a pro-Trump rally on October 3, 2020 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City that was organized by the Staten Island Republican Party (pictured)

People hold a pro-Trump rally on October 3, 2020 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City that was organized by the Staten Island Republican Party (pictured)

People hold a pro-Trump rally on October 3, 2020 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City that was organized by the Staten Island Republican Party (pictured) 

A small crowd began to grow on Friday evening after President Trump confirmed he had COVID-19 and was later transported from the White House to Walter Reed Medical Center

A small crowd began to grow on Friday evening after President Trump confirmed he had COVID-19 and was later transported from the White House to Walter Reed Medical Center

A small crowd began to grow on Friday evening after President Trump confirmed he had COVID-19 and was later transported from the White House to Walter Reed Medical Center 

Those who showed up to Walter Reed Medical Center brought Trump 2020 flags, 'Make America Great Again' paraphernalia and other campaign items

Those who showed up to Walter Reed Medical Center brought Trump 2020 flags, 'Make America Great Again' paraphernalia and other campaign items

Those who showed up to Walter Reed Medical Center brought Trump 2020 flags, ‘Make America Great Again’ paraphernalia and other campaign items 

Pictured: Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump show their support by waving to passing vehicles and holding signs wishing him well outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Pictured: Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump show their support by waving to passing vehicles and holding signs wishing him well outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Pictured: Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump show their support by waving to passing vehicles and holding signs wishing him well outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Scores of boats took to the waters of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they held a 'Make American Boats Great Again' parade in the president's honor

Scores of boats took to the waters of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they held a 'Make American Boats Great Again' parade in the president's honor

Scores of boats took to the waters of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they held a ‘Make American Boats Great Again’ parade in the president’s honor

This boat rally followe a series of similar events held in last month across the country as a wave of Trump support took over Labor Day Weekend.

This boat rally followe a series of similar events held in last month across the country as a wave of Trump support took over Labor Day Weekend.

This boat rally followed a series of similar events held in last month across the country as a wave of Trump support took over Labor Day Weekend

This boat rally followed a series of similar events held in last month across the country as a wave of Trump support took over Labor Day Weekend.

At least nine cities across the country, from California to Georgia and back again, hosted Great American Boat Parade events to herald the current Commander-in-Chief for a second term.

At one held at Lake Travis, Texas, officials said that five boats sank and a flurry of distress calls were made to 911.

And in Ohio, hundreds of fans drove down I-270 through Columbus – two hours away from Cleveland – in support of Trump.

American and Thin Blue Line flags were attached to vehicles as people waved similar flags from atop the overpass.

Authorities confirmed that a shooting took place near the parade, NBC4i reports. The publication reports that one attendee opened fire and the bullet shot through another person’s truck window.

The shooter has not been apprehended by police and the search is ongoing. 

Pictured: Daniela Taomorina of Staten Island participates in a prayer with supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus disease

Pictured: Daniela Taomorina of Staten Island participates in a prayer with supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus disease

Pictured: Daniela Taomorina of Staten Island participates in a prayer with supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus disease

People who attended that Trump rally, organized by the Staten Island Republican Party, wore t-shirts supporting him and Mike Pence for an additional four terms in office

People who attended that Trump rally, organized by the Staten Island Republican Party, wore t-shirts supporting him and Mike Pence for an additional four terms in office

People who attended that Trump rally, organized by the Staten Island Republican Party, wore t-shirts supporting him and Mike Pence for an additional four terms in office 

Pictured: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a car parade in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday

Pictured: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a car parade in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday

Pictured: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a car parade in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday 

Nine people have now tested positive for coronavirus, after attending Saturday's Rose Garden event. They are 1: Donald Trump, 2: Melania Trump, 3: University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, 4: Senator Mike Lee, 5: Senator Thom Tillis, 6: Kellyanne Conway, 7: Chris Christie, as well as Hope Hicks and Bill Stepien (not pictured)

Nine people have now tested positive for coronavirus, after attending Saturday's Rose Garden event. They are 1: Donald Trump, 2: Melania Trump, 3: University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, 4: Senator Mike Lee, 5: Senator Thom Tillis, 6: Kellyanne Conway, 7: Chris Christie, as well as Hope Hicks and Bill Stepien (not pictured)

Nine people have now tested positive for coronavirus, after attending Saturday’s Rose Garden event. They are 1: Donald Trump, 2: Melania Trump, 3: University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, 4: Senator Mike Lee, 5: Senator Thom Tillis, 6: Kellyanne Conway, 7: Chris Christie, as well as Hope Hicks and Bill Stepien (not pictured)

Back in Washington, officials are dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus which has rampaged through Trump’s senior staff since the nomination event for his Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barret last weekend.

At least nine senior figures who attended ‘superspreader’ event in the White House Rose Garden are now battling the virus.

Donald Trump, his wife Melania, Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepiens, two senators – Mike Lee from Utah and Thom Tillis from North Carolina – plus the president of Notre Dame university, John Jenkins, have now all tested positive for COVID-19.

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More than 7,500 migrants have now crossed the Channel this year – more than four times the number in 2019 – after another 100 people risked the dangerous journey yesterday.

Border Force separated seven separate boats on Monday, just a day after a man was found washed up on the beach at Sangatte near Calais.

People traffickers are fuelling the rise in crossings, with criminals hiring French fishing boat crews to carry desperate migrants halfway across the Channel to evade military drones.

A Border Force officer carries a young child as a group of migrants are brought into Dover, Kent, on Monday

A Border Force officer carries a young child as a group of migrants are brought into Dover, Kent, on Monday

A Border Force officer carries a young child as a group of migrants are brought into Dover, Kent, on Monday 

A group of migrants are brought into Dover, Kent, following an incident involving a small boat in the Channel on Monday

A group of migrants are brought into Dover, Kent, following an incident involving a small boat in the Channel on Monday

A group of migrants are brought into Dover, Kent, following an incident involving a small boat in the Channel on Monday

Once in open water, asylum seekers clamber into pre-inflated dinghies held in the fishing boat to complete the rest of the perilous 21-mile crossing, reports suggest.

Monday saw the second highest number crossings this month after Saturday, when there were 170.

Since Saturday the French have prevented more than 550 people from making the trip, and the arrival of Storm Barbara is expected to force smugglers to postpone crossings for now until another break in the weather.

In total, 7,532 migrants have now attempted to make the perilous crossing across the English Channel this year compared to just 1,850 in 2019.

In September alone 1,954 made the crossing in small boats. So far this month, 403 migrants have been detained.

The French Navy issued an image of authorities rescuing migrants after an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Channel over the weekend

The French Navy issued an image of authorities rescuing migrants after an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Channel over the weekend

The French Navy issued an image of authorities rescuing migrants after an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Channel over the weekend

Using fishing trips as a guise allows groups to evade detection by drones - such as the £22 million Watchkeeper (pictured) which launched its first reconnaissance mission earlier this year

Using fishing trips as a guise allows groups to evade detection by drones - such as the £22 million Watchkeeper (pictured) which launched its first reconnaissance mission earlier this year

Using fishing trips as a guise allows groups to evade detection by drones – such as the £22 million Watchkeeper (pictured) which launched its first reconnaissance mission earlier this year 

Immigration minister Chris Philp said: ‘Yesterday’s tragic loss of life in France is a stark reminder of the perilous journey migrants face in the Channel.

‘This is why we doing all we can to stop these crossings and make this route unviable, including by tracking down the criminal gangs who are risking vulnerable people’s lives for profit.

‘Last week the Home Office and National Crime Agency made 12 arrests of individuals involved in people smuggling and illegal entry – and there will be more in the coming weeks and months.’

Mr Philp said British officials were working with the French to seize the people smugglers’ boats.

He added: ‘These journeys are not only dangerous and illegal but also unnecessary. France is a safe country with a well-functioning asylum system and there is no need to leave France by small boat.

‘We are committed to fixing the asylum system, to make it fairer and firmer, compassionate to those who need help and welcoming people through safe and legal routes.’ 

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Coronavirus CAN survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese authorities claim 

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The coronavirus can survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese officials have said after discovering a city outbreak linked to frozen fish.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detected and isolated a living sample of the coronavirus on the outer packaging of frozen cod. Only traces of the pathogen had been found on frozen packaging before now.

It was imported to the eastern city of Qingdao, which has been hit by a fresh cluster of cases linked to two dock workers. The men, who were diagnosed in September, were responsible for unloading frozen seafood at the port. 

The CDC’s finding suggests it is possible for the virus, scientifically called SARS-CoV-2, to be conveyed over long distances via frozen goods.  

But scientists warned it is possible both dock workers caught Covid-19 — the disease caused by the virus — from elsewhere, despite the fact there had been zero cases in China for two months before the outbreak.

It cannot be ruled out that the patients contaminated the frozen fish products with coronavirus themselves, rather than the product being the source of infection. 

Cold food factories have been at the centre of several coronavirus outbreaks in the UK. But scientists have said it’s more likely due to them being crowded and noisy — rather than the cold temperatures. 

The Food Standard Agency in the UK and the World Health Organization say the risk of catching the virus from frozen foods is ‘extremely low’.  

The coronavirus can survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese authorities claim. Pictured, a woman in the frozen food aisle at a supermarket in Beijing

The coronavirus can survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese authorities claim. Pictured, a woman in the frozen food aisle at a supermarket in Beijing

The coronavirus can survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese authorities claim. Pictured, a woman in the frozen food aisle at a supermarket in Beijing 

The findings come after officials in Qingdao determined the source of a recent cluster of cases to two dock workers with a positive test. In this photo, a barge pushes a container ship to the dockyard in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province

The findings come after officials in Qingdao determined the source of a recent cluster of cases to two dock workers with a positive test. In this photo, a barge pushes a container ship to the dockyard in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province

The findings come after officials in Qingdao determined the source of a recent cluster of cases to two dock workers with a positive test. In this photo, a barge pushes a container ship to the dockyard in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong province

The CDC — different to the agency in the US with the same name — confirmed the detection of the coronavirus on packaging of imported frozen cod on October 17, during an investigation into the Qingdao outbreak.

According to the CDC, it ‘has proved that contact with packaging contaminated by living novel coronavirus could lead to infection’, China’s state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported. 

It is the first time in the world that ‘live’ traces of the virus have been found on cold food packaging, the CDC said. If the virus is live, it means it has the ability to infect people.  

The CDC also said it suggests the coronavirus can spread over borders via imported food.  

The outbreak in Qingdao can be traced back to two dock workers who were initially diagnosed as asymptomatic patients in September, during a routine test of the company’s staff, the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said in a statement.  

The infected employees, Mr Dong, 40, and Mr Chen, 50, both tested negative on September 8 during a routine screening. 

They both worked on the evening of September 19, unloading imported seafood products at the port.

The workers had check-ups in an examination room at the Qingdao Chest Hospital.

Because the room had insufficient disinfection and protection measures, according to a Qingdao health official reporting at a media briefing, the two cases led to an outbreak of 13. 

The fish was imported to the eastern city of Qingdao - where officials have determined the source of a recent cluster of cases to two dock workers

The fish was imported to the eastern city of Qingdao - where officials have determined the source of a recent cluster of cases to two dock workers

The fish was imported to the eastern city of Qingdao – where officials have determined the source of a recent cluster of cases to two dock workers

The Qingdao outbreak prompted authorities to launch ambitious mass screening on October 12. Pictured: A health worker takes a swab from a resident to be tested for the coronavirus in Qingdao on October 12

The Qingdao outbreak prompted authorities to launch ambitious mass screening on October 12. Pictured: A health worker takes a swab from a resident to be tested for the coronavirus in Qingdao on October 12

The Qingdao outbreak prompted authorities to launch ambitious mass screening on October 12. Pictured: A health worker takes a swab from a resident to be tested for the coronavirus in Qingdao on October 12

The city of Qingdao has reported 13 confirmed infections this week, with most of the cases linked to a local hospital, prompting authorities to test nearly 11million residents within four days to curb the virus spread. A woman in Qingdao is pictured receiving a Covid-19 test

The city of Qingdao has reported 13 confirmed infections this week, with most of the cases linked to a local hospital, prompting authorities to test nearly 11million residents within four days to curb the virus spread. A woman in Qingdao is pictured receiving a Covid-19 test

The city of Qingdao has reported 13 confirmed infections this week, with most of the cases linked to a local hospital, prompting authorities to test nearly 11million residents within four days to curb the virus spread. A woman in Qingdao is pictured receiving a Covid-19 test

COVID-19 AND FROZEN FOOD: WHERE ELSE HAS IT BEEN REPORTED? 

In August Chinese authorities said a sample of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil had traces of the coronavirus.  

Covid-19 was detected on a surface sample taken from a batch imported into the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on August 11.

The Office of the Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters immediately traced and tested people who may have come into contact with the contaminated food. 

All of the results have come back negative, a statement from the headquarters reportedly said. 

It came after a panic about frozen salmon in Beijing, China.

In June, the city saw a spike of Covid-19 cases – almost all of which were linked to a huge wholesale food market, Xinfadi market. 

A 22-year-old man – known to have occasionally cleaned frozen seafood – had tested positive for the virus in Tianjin, near Beijing. 

State media said the virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon, sparking fears across the country with supermarkets and restaurants removing the fish from shelves and menus, 

Chinese authorities acted quickly to suspend import of salmon from Europe, and later imports from food premises where outbreaks of Covid-19 have occurred among workers, affecting the US, Germany and Brazil among others.

 

However Shi Guoqing, deputy director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control, said there was no evidence that salmon was the source for the virus and was contaminated before it reached the market, the BBC reported.

Singapore’s Food Agency has also said there was no evidence that the virus would be transmitted via food or even food packaging – though it said it would monitor ‘developments in this area’.  

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The Qingdao outbreak prompted authorities to launch ambitious mass screening on October 12 after a two-month streak with no new cases in China. 

An astonishing 11million residents were tested within four days to curb the virus spread. 

The Chinese authorities did not specify how the workers contracted the virus but said they ‘shared the common exposure’, referring to the imported seafood products. 

But the CDC’s latest statement does not show solid proof that the two workers in Qingdao caught the virus from the packaging directly, Jin Dong-Yan, a virology professor at the University of Hong Kong, said.

They may have contracted the virus from somewhere else and then contaminated the food packaging they handled, Professor Dong-Yan said. 

The CDC said no instance had been found of a consumer contracting the virus by after buying frozen food. And they said the risk of this happening remained very low.

The agency cited recent test results for 2.98million samples taken from businesses across the country, including 670,000 taken from cold-chain food or food packaging.

Only 22 samples from cold-chain food or food packaging tested positive for the virus, the China CDC said. 

It also said no ‘living virus’ was isolated in these samples. Only living viruses can infect people, while samples containing dead viruses could also test positive for traces, Professor Dong-Yan said. 

Fomites – objects or materials which are likely to carry infection, such as furniture, door knobs or hospital equipment –  are a major source of disease transmission.

A person may get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes – hence the importance of regular hand washing. 

However this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads – inhalation of respiratory droplets, produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and or small particles, produced when someone talks or breathes, are the main route of transmission. 

How long the virus can survive on surfaces depends on the material as well as the environment it is in. 

It has been found to last three to seven days on plastic and stainless steel at room temperature. 

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay found that higher temperatures and lower humidity dry out droplets faster, and when droplets evaporate, the coronavirus that’s left behind die.

But the research only compared the drying time in two different temperatures: 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) and 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), both with 50 per cent humidity.

The evidence on coronaviruses ability to survive in frozen temperature, and on food packaging, is murky. 

The World Health Organization has said that it is unlikely that people can contract the coronavirus from food or food packaging, and that ‘it is not necessary to disinfect food packaging materials’. 

But one study led by the National University of Singapore challenged this statement after assessing the survival of SARS-CoV-2 on samples of meat and salmon at refrigerated and frozen temperatures over three weeks.

It found the level of virus on the food samples remained constant during the entire experiment.

The authors wrote in their pre-print paper: ‘Our laboratory work has shown that SARS-CoV-2 can survive the time and temperatures associated with transportation and storage conditions associated with international food trade. 

‘When adding SARS-CoV-2 to chicken, salmon and pork pieces there was no decline in infectious virus after 21 days at 4°C (standard refrigeration) and –20°C (standard freezing).

‘While it can be confidently argued that transmission via contaminated food is not a major infection route, the potential for movement of contaminated items to a region with no COVID19 and initiate an outbreak is an important hypothesis.’

The CDC has advised that workers who handle, process and sell frozen products should avoid direct skin contact with products that could possibly be polluted.

Staff should not touch their mouth or nose before taking off work garments that could possibly be contaminated without washing their hands and should take tests regularly, the agency said. 

The UK has been plagued with Covid-19 outbreaks at leading food factories, with 40 active outbreaks across England in one week in August. 

Hundreds of cases were recorded at Greencore, Northampton, which makes M&S sandwiches. And dozens more were reported at a Greggs factor in Bramley, Leeds, at Bakkavor Desserts in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and a chicken factory in Coupar Angus, Scotland. 

However the Food Standard Agency boss Dr Sullivan argued the figure of 40 active outbreaks in England should be seen as small when set against the 20,000 food processing plants across the UK. 

The FSA’s chief executive, Emily Miles, stressed there is no need for alarm, saying: ‘The risk of transmission of Covid-19 through the consumption or handling of food, or food packaging, remains very low. 

‘There have been a small number of Covid 19 outbreaks associated with meat and food processing places and we have been supporting the Health & Safety Executive, Public Health England, Public Health Wales and other bodies in their work to deal with those.’

She added: ‘The FSA has to be here to tell the truth about food. People need to be able to turn to us and get the facts about food and Covid 19. 

‘The risk assessment led by our very brilliant scientists, who have been assessing and re-assessing the evidence that we are learning about Covid 19 is saying that the risk is extremely low.’ 

Experts have suggested the cold conditions inside food factories may be conducive to the spread of the virus. 

Professor Calum Semple, a disease outbreak expert at the University of Liverpool and member of SAGE, told The Telegraph that cold, sunless food factories are ideal conditions.

He said: ‘If I wanted to preserve a virus I would put it in a cold, dark environment or a cool environment that doesn’t have any ultraviolet light – essentially a fridge or a meat processing facility…

‘The perfect place to keep a virus alive for a long time is a cold place without sunlight.’ 

But the temperature alone does not appear to be a controlling factor in coronavirus outbreaks. 

Dr Michael Head, a global health researcher at the University of Southampton, said he thought close proximity was most likely to be behind the factory outbreaks.

He said: ‘Whilst refrigeration may be a contributory factor to the spread of the virus, the key factors are likely to be the number of people close together in indoor conditions. 

‘Some of these factories have onsite or nearby accommodation where there are several people in each dormitory, they may be transported on a bus to the site of work, and they will be indoors together all day.

‘Levels of adherence to measures such as washing hands is uncertain and there is unlikely to be widespread use of PPE.’   

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man 39 has a kinder egg sized cyst on his forehead removed in the bad skin clinic

A man who hasn’t gone outside without a hat on for two years due to a ‘Kinder-egg-sized’ cyst on his forehead has it removed in The Bad Skin Clinic. 

In tonight’s episode of the Quest Red show, Robert, 39, a planning co-ordinator from Rugby, admits that he has been wearing a woolly hat on his head every day for the past two years, even though it doesn’t hide the lump any more.

‘Work keep asking why I’m still wearing that stupid hat,’ he explains to Lauren, his partner of six years. ‘It started off as a pin prick and in the last six months it’s started to grow and grow. It’s grown to such a size now that you can start to see it through the hat.

‘The way it’s growing at the minute I can’t see how it will stop. I notice it getting bigger from day to day sometimes.’ 

In tonight's episode of Quest Red's Bad Skin clinic, Robert, 39, from Rugby, admits that he has been wearing a woolly hat on his head every day for the past two years

In tonight's episode of Quest Red's Bad Skin clinic, Robert, 39, from Rugby, admits that he has been wearing a woolly hat on his head every day for the past two years

In tonight’s episode of Quest Red’s Bad Skin clinic, Robert, 39, from Rugby, admits that he has been wearing a woolly hat on his head every day for the past two years

Robert admits that the way the cyst grows, he can't see it stopping any time soon. Pictured, in the surgery

Robert admits that the way the cyst grows, he can't see it stopping any time soon. Pictured, in the surgery

Robert admits that the way the cyst grows, he can’t see it stopping any time soon. Pictured, in the surgery

The planning co-ordinator is so determined to get rid of the lump, he's even been tempted to cut it out himself. Pictured, being removed by the expert

The planning co-ordinator is so determined to get rid of the lump, he's even been tempted to cut it out himself. Pictured, being removed by the expert

The planning co-ordinator is so determined to get rid of the lump, he’s even been tempted to cut it out himself. Pictured, being removed by the expert

Robert explains that the lump takes him right back to his high school days when he was bullied for wearing hearing aids in both ears. 

His goes on to say that his confidence has hit such an all-time low that he can’t go out anymore, which has also affected his relationship with Lauren. 

‘I’ve never been the most confident of people but this has taken it to another level,’ he explains. ‘I literally get up in the morning, go to work and go home. We used to go out two-three times a week and now we don’t do any of that. I just want to hide away.’ 

His fiancée Lauren says it’s not changed the way she feels about Robert in any way, but that she would just like to get the man back that she first fell in love with. 

After visiting his GP, Robert says he was referred to a specialist who told him that it’s a benign cyst, but the NHS refused to remove it as it’s classed as cosmetic. 

However, Robert’s so determined to get rid of it, he’s even been tempted to cut it out himself. 

Robert (pictured) explains that the lump has taken him right back to his high school days when he was bullied for wearing hearing aids in both ears

Robert (pictured) explains that the lump has taken him right back to his high school days when he was bullied for wearing hearing aids in both ears

Robert (pictured) explains that the lump has taken him right back to his high school days when he was bullied for wearing hearing aids in both ears

Robert's fiancée Lauren says it's not changed the way she feels about him in any way, but that she would just like to get the man back that she first fell in love with. Pictured, together

Robert's fiancée Lauren says it's not changed the way she feels about him in any way, but that she would just like to get the man back that she first fell in love with. Pictured, together

Robert’s fiancée Lauren says it’s not changed the way she feels about him in any way, but that she would just like to get the man back that she first fell in love with. Pictured, together

‘I work in an office based environment sweating because I have to wear a hat,’ he explains. ‘I haven’t had my hair cut in eight months. It’s 24/7 on my mind; it’s really doing my head in and I just want to get rid of it.’

With great anticipation, Robert and Lauren book an appointment with dermatological surgeon Dr Emma Craythorne at her Harley Street clinic – who confirms it’s an epidermoid cyst.

‘This might be a benign lump,’ she confirms. ‘It might not be a cancerous lump but it still has a big impact on your life.’  

She continues: ‘It’s very wriggly. What’s exciting about this is one of my kids loves Kinder eggs as they get to see what’s inside the egg. And I kind of feel a little bit like that about this little Kinder egg right there.’ 

Dr Emma explains that the egg is actually ‘a little sack or balloon within the skin that’s filled with dead skin cells.’ 

It normally appears on the face, neck, back or chest, and if the whole sack isn’t taken out there’s a higher risk of it coming back. 

Robert's confidence has hit such an all-time low that he can't go out anymore, which has also affected his relationship with Lauren. Pictured, together

Robert's confidence has hit such an all-time low that he can't go out anymore, which has also affected his relationship with Lauren. Pictured, together

Robert’s confidence has hit such an all-time low that he can’t go out anymore, which has also affected his relationship with Lauren. Pictured, together

Dr Emma carefully removes the cyst's sack, seals off all the blood vessels and while she stitches up her patient's wound, she tells him it'll be looking much better in about eight weeks (pictured)

Dr Emma carefully removes the cyst's sack, seals off all the blood vessels and while she stitches up her patient's wound, she tells him it'll be looking much better in about eight weeks (pictured)

Dr Emma carefully removes the cyst’s sack, seals off all the blood vessels and while she stitches up her patient’s wound, she tells him it’ll be looking much better in about eight weeks (pictured)

Admitting he’s a bit anxious, Robert then goes into surgery to get it done.

‘I think we can unwrap this little Easter egg,’ smiles Dr Emma.

In the operating theatre, the expert draws dots and lines on the cyst to indicate where she’ll make the incision before injecting the anaesthetic. And once she’s sliced open the lump, what’s inside looks like an eyeball. 

‘You can see the cyst wall and it’s a grey kind of colour,’ Dr Emma explains to a riveted Robert. 

Now for her favourite part: the squeezing. 

‘Lauren would love doing that,’ says Robert, as the professional admires the colour and consistency of the cyst’s contents once it’s popped. 

‘I literally heard it,’ shouts Robert excitedly. 

Dr Emma carefully removes the cyst’s sack, seals off all the blood vessels and while she stitches up her patient’s wound, she tells him it’ll be looking much better in about eight weeks. 

‘That’s incredible,’ he smiles welling up. ‘Thank you so much. I feel like I can walk out now with no hat.’

The brand new series of The Bad Skin Clinic continues tonight at 10pm on Quest Red, available to stream on dplay

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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