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The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said at the weekend that researchers investigating a recent outbreak in Qingdao, a city in eastern China, had detected living samples of the coronavirus on the packaging of frozen cod.

The outbreak in Qingdao, the first locally transmitted cases in almost two months, was traced back to two dock workers who had been initially diagnosed as asymptomatic. After they were taken to a local chest hospital 12 other people were infected.

It is not clear whether the two dock workers contracted the virus from the packaging of frozen food but the CDC warned those handling frozen products not to have direct contact with the goods.

While China’s CDC said that there had been no cases of consumers contracting the virus, some internet users have started calling for a temporary ban on frozen food imports.

China, which until the Qingdao outbreak, had seen no new local cases in 55 days, has been one of the only countries to point to the possible transmission through frozen foods. When Beijing had a second outbreak over the summer after the virus had been largely contained, officials suggested the new cluster could have come from imported salmon.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said there has been no evidence that “handling food or consuming food is associated with Covid-19”. New Zealand also ruled out the possibility that one of the country’s first cases had been infected at a cold storage facility where the person worked.


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China becomes first major economy to recover from Covid-19 pandemic

The Chinese economy grew 4.9% between July and September, according to government data, as China becomes the first major economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The year-on-year expansion, while slightly lower than analyst expectations, represents a dramatic reversal from the first quarter of this year when the economy shrunk by 6.8%, China’s first contraction since 1992 when officials began keeping quarterly GDP data.

China’s central bank governor Yi Gang said on Sunday that officials predict annual growth of about 2%. “The Chinese economy remains resilient with great potential. Continued recovery is anticipated, which will benefit the global recovery,” he said.

China is expected to be the only G20 economy to grow this year. The global economy is slated to contract by 4.4%, according to the International Monetary Fund, the steepest downturn since the Great Depression:

Australian state of Victoria reports single-digit case rise for sixth straight day


The last face that meets visitors to the Prado’s first post-lockdown exhibition is one of the very few that appears to look the spectator squarely in the eye.

The cool gaze of the Portuguese-Spanish artist María Roësset – free of guilt, shame, saccharine virtue or predatory intent – comes as something of a relief after the sanctimonious, salacious and often sad series of pictures that precede it.

To reach Roësset, a gauntlet must be run: of women depicted in art variously as fallen, proud, mad, naked, and one even presented as femme fatale, her face partially bathed in red light and a cigarette clasped in a holder between her fingers.

The exhibition, whose English title is Uninvited Guests, explores how artworks bought and celebrated by the Spanish state between 1833 and 1931 treated women as people and artists:

Global report: Fauci ‘absolutely not’ surprised Trump got Covid; Biden warns virus worsening

Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert and sidelined White House coronavirus taskforce member, has said he was “absolutely not” surprised that Donald Trump contracted coronavirus, as Joe Biden warned that the coronavirus outbreak was worsening.

In an interview with 60 Minutes aired on Sunday, shortly before Trump held a rally in Nevada, Fauci said: “I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask.”

Fauci also said the White House had been controlling his media appearances.

“I certainly have not been allowed to go on many, many, many shows that have asked for me,” Fauci said, adding that the restrictions had been inconsistent.

At Trump’s rally, the president claimed that the US was “rounding the turn” of the pandemic, a common claim at his appearances, despite the weekly case average rising in 48 of the country’s 50 states. Friday saw the highest 24-hour infection total since July, with 68,000 new cases reported in one day. The US has 8.1m cases and nearly 220,000 deaths.

Once considered a battleground, Nevada has not swung for a Republican presidential contender since 2004.

Trump also mocked his Democratic opponent for listening to scientists:

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