New Zealand baffled by new COVID-19 cases, eyes frozen-food packaging | Ars Technica


Summary generated on August 13, 2020

    New Zealand officials are scrambling to halt a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases that has baffled health investigators trying to understand how the pandemic coronavirus regained a foothold on the island nation.

    New Zealand's Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said this week that surfaces at the Americold facility will be tested to see if frozen freight or something else may have been the source of the new infections.

    Aboubakr suggests it's theoretically possible that SARS-CoV-2 could spread through contaminated food or food packaging.

    As for consumers, Gamble suggests that if frozen foods were an important risk, it's unlikely New Zealand would have been able to go more than 100 days without seeing other cases.

    According to a new report by the Herald, genetic testing suggests that the new cluster of cases is not linked to earlier cases isolated in quarantine facilities.