Updates in China


  • On 10 July, the China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) reported that the packagings and containers of imported shrimp have been tested positive for COVID-19. The Director of the Food Import and Export Safety Bureau in the Customs Department shared that the test result does not mean the virus is contagious, however, it indicates the loopholes of food safety management. Moving forward, the GACC will continue to strengthen the control of origins of imported cold-chain products. The industry shall continue to monitor the progress of the issue development.
  • On 13 July, Beijing lowered risk level of most of the areas. Currently, there are only seven-medium risk areas in Beijing. On 17 July, it was reported that no new domestically transmitted case recorded for the past 11 days in Beijing.
  • At the same time, starting from 20 July, cinemas in low-risk areas will be allowed to resume operation. The operation will be governed by the issued guidelines. However, cinemas in medium and high risk areas (Beijing) will remain closed. Cinemas were allowed to reopen at the end of March, however, the authority had announced the closure again one week after the reopen to prevent further spread of COVID-19.