No need to panic as food safe from coronavirus: WHO Aug 14, 2020 0 72 12345 AFPGenevaThe World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged people not to fear catching the novel coronavirus from food, after Chinese testers found traces on food and food packaging.The virus was found on Tuesday in the Chinese city of Shenzhen during a routine check on samples of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil, city authorities said.The authorities said they immediately screened people who had been in contact with the contaminated products, plus their relatives, and all the tests came back negative.In China’s eastern Anhui province, the mayor of Wuhu announced on Thursday that the virus had been discovered on the packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador, which had been kept in a restaurant freezer.The WHO said there was no need to panic -- and there were no examples of the respiratory disease being transmitted through food.“People are already scared enough and fearful enough in the COVID pandemic,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press conference in Geneva.“People should not fear food or food packaging or the processing or delivery of food.“There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in the transmission of this virus.“Our food, from a COVID perspective, is safe.”Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, said the United Nations health agency was aware of the reports and understood that China was looking for the virus on food packaging.“They’ve tested a few hundred thousand samples of looking at packaging and have found very, very few, less than 10 positive in doing that,” she said.“We know that the virus can remain on surfaces for some time. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Pompeo calls for joint US-EU effort on Belarus crisis Aug 14, 2020 0 480 Biden, Harris focus White House campaign on COVID-19 crisis Aug 14, 2020 0 3067 Countries tighten rules as global coronavirus deaths pass 750,000 Aug 14, 2020 0 62 Finland reverses policy, recommends mask use HELSINKI: Finnish health authorities recommended on Thursday that people begin wearing masks in public places, after months of claiming there was insufficient evidence to justify their use. Mika Salminen, director .. Italy’s government receives 200 complaints over pandemic response ROME: More than 200 people have filed complaints against leading Italian government figures including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and other cabinet members over their handling of the .. Germany admits delay in thousands of virus test results BERLIN: Bavarian premier Markus Soeder was forced to apologise on Thursday over an embarrassing delay to thousands of coronavirus test results, just as Germany was seeing a new spike in virus cases. Some 44,000 people .. Britain says over 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle DPA London More than 3.8 million EU citizens have applied to settle in Britain under a scheme launched following the country’s Brexit referendum, the government said on Thursday. “I’m pleased there have been more than .. Buses and trains disinfected as N Korea ramps up virus measures SEOUL: Temperature checks, hand sanitisers, and face masks are being enforced across Pyongyang’s public transport system as North Korea intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. North Korea -- whose ..