Chinese health officials have found COVID-19 in ice cream produced by Daqiaodao Food Co. Authorities say that nearly 5,000 cartons of ice cream may be impacted. Thus far, 2,089 have been sealed and contained in storage. Furthering their precautions, more than 1,500 employees who may have been impacted are being placed in quarantine.
This is a step in the wrong direction after China seemingly had moved forward from their nationwide COVID-19 outbreak. In recent weeks, the nation’s capital, Beijing, reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases tied to a single salesman. However, health officials are not worried that these recent incidents will lead to a nationwide outbreak. Gao Yan of the People’s Hospital in Beijing has said that the likelihood of the country experiencing an outbreak similar to the one they faced in 2020 is “very, very small.”
"We still have some dark weeks ahead," she says pic.twitter.com/Kb8Pqy3dOc
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Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in the United States. With the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden set to take place on Wednesday, health experts expect the COVID-19 death toll to hit 400,000 by the time he is sworn-in. The bad news doesn’t stop there. Incoming CDC Director Rochelle Walensky expects the country to experience 500,000 coronavirus related deaths by mid-February.
“By the middle of February we expect half a million deaths in this country,” she said.
“I think we still have some dark weeks ahead.”