Norwegian salmon was not source of coronavirus at Beijing food market, says Norway minister

Reuters

Posted at Jun 17 2020 05:07 PM

Medical workers in protective suits attend to people lining up outside a site for nucleic acid tests, following new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in Beijing, China June 17, 2020. Tingshu Wang, Reuters

OSLO - Chinese and Norwegian authorities have concluded that Norwegian salmon was likely not the source of the novel coronavirus that was found at cutting boards in a Beijing food market, the Norwegian fisheries and seafood minister said on Wednesday.

Following a meeting between Chinese and Norwegian officials on Tuesday, both countries have concluded that the source of the outbreak did not originate with fish from the Nordic country, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen said.

"We can clear away uncertainty and the halt in salmon export to China," he told a video conference including journalists.

The resurgence of COVID-19 in the Chinese capital over the past six days has upended daily life for many, with some fearing the entire city is headed for a lockdown as the number of new cases mounts.