Xiamen: Chinese city takes fish, crabs and shrimp for Covid-19

Xiamen: Chinese city takes fish, crabs and shrimp for Covid-19

Xiamen: Chinese city takes fish, crabs and shrimp for Covid-19

Even fish cannot escape the Chinese regime's draconian measures (Photo: Taitaihainet.com)

Even fish cannot escape the Chinese regime’s draconian measures (Photo: Taitaihainet.com)

It’s not just people who have been ordered to undergo daily Covid-19 tests in the Chinese city of Xiamen.

Everything fishermen in the popular tourist destination will now also have to be stamped, authorities have demanded.

China shows no signs of letting go of its “zero-Covid” strategy, which aims to eliminate the spread of the virus by locking down in response to a handful of cases.

It’s straining the economy and making life hell for ordinary people, but officials in Xiamen have taken action after around 40 cases were detected.

They recently put out a notice saying that everyone in town should be nuke tested, including fishermen and anything they catch.

Footage shown on television at the time showed officials swabbing the mouths of fish and the undersides of crabs.

An employee of the Xiamen Municipal Ocean Development Office told the South China Morning Post: “We have learned lessons from Hainan, which is experiencing a severe outbreak.

“It is said to be triggered by marine product transactions between local fishermen and their foreign counterparts.”

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There is no evidence to suggest fish can catch Covid-19 (Picture: Photo:taitaihainet.com)

There is no evidence to suggest fish can catch Covid-19 (Picture: Photo:taitaihainet.com)

The island province of Hainan has recorded more than 10,000 Covid-19 cases since early August.

Authorities suspect the outbreak was linked to the fishing community and port workers.

This has been the case for many previous outbreaks in China, and the epicenter of the pandemic is believed to be a seafood and live animal market in the central city of Wuhan.

The World Health Organization has continually stated that the spread of Covid-19 through food is unlikely, insisting that it mainly spreads from person to person.

But for some time, Chinese media have feared that the pandemic is linked to seafood imports.

Xiamen’s latest policy made headlines this week and prompted a surprise reaction on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

Chinese city starts taking fish for Covid

This is being done in response to an outbreak of around 40 cases (Picture: taihainet.com)

One person said they felt bad that the fish had to be tested before they were killed, while another joked that they ‘should be grateful to get a Covid test for free’.

Another asked if parts of the ocean would be locked down if a handful of fish were somehow found to have Covid.

People wondered if there was any scientific reasoning behind this and asked, “Have we all gone mad?

Another added: “You can’t get Covid if you don’t have lungs, let alone live in the sea.”

Adrian Esterman, an epidemiologist from the University of South Australia, told Vice the measure was “unnecessary” because fish “don’t have the receptors that coronaviruses latch onto”.

The former WHO scientist added that their body temperature is “not suitable for the survival of viruses”.

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