China Now Blames Canada for Sending Omicron-Contaminated Parcel
China cancels Olympic ticket sales as it struggles to contain the uncontainable virus.
A review of the past two years shows that Chinese officials have blamed Italy, India, and Fort Detrick as being the source of the coronavirus responsible for the COVID19 pandemic.
Now Canada is taking center stage in the Chinese covid-blame-game.
China is urging people to wear masks and gloves when opening mail, especially from abroad, after authorities suggested the first case of the Omicron coronavirus virus variant found in Beijing could have arrived via a package from Canada.
Authorities vowed to step up disinfection of overseas mail and are insisting postal staff handling it are fully vaccinated.
The precautions come less than three weeks before the capital opens the Winter Olympic Games and as several Chinese cities work to suppress new outbreaks of coronavirus infections.
“Minimize purchases of overseas goods or receiving mail from abroad,” state broadcaster CCTV said late on Monday in a social media post.
The Chinese are not following The Science™. Studies show that the virus is not transmitted by surface contact.
[Emanuel] Goldman, a microbiologist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, decided to take a closer look at the evidence around fomites. What he found was that there was little to support the idea that SARS-CoV-2 passes from one person to another through contaminated surfaces. He wrote a pointed commentary for The Lancet Infectious Diseases in July, arguing that surfaces presented relatively little risk of transmitting the virus2. His conviction has only strengthened since then, and Goldman has long since abandoned the gloves.
Unfortunately for Chinese Patient Omicron Zero and those close to him, the full weight of the Chinese Communist Party public health bureaucracy came crashing down.
Beijing announced the Omicron case on Saturday after the patient developed a low-grade fever on Friday and took a voluntary test that came back positive for Covid-19. Authorities sealed off the patient’s residential compound and office building, and launched contact-tracing efforts.
Tests for more than 16,500 people identified as potentially being exposed to the patient came back negative, Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the city’s municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press conference on Monday.
Location data showed that the patient, who had no recent travel history, hadn’t shared space with any other known Omicron patients or their contacts, or anyone who had recently returned from abroad, Ms. Pang said in comments reported by Chinese state media.
However, traces of the Omicron variant were found in samples collected from a piece of mail sent from Canada that patient had touched, Ms. Pang said, adding that the mail “could not be ruled out” as the source of the exposure.
And while China struggles to contain the uncontainable virus, the Winter Olympics are only a few weeks away.
China on Monday canceled plans to sell tickets to the public for the Winter Olympics in Beijing, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached its highest since March 2020. Organizers said last year there would be no international spectators at the Games — partly due to China’s weeks-long quarantine requirements — but they had promised to allow domestic audiences. Those plans were scrapped on Monday as China reported 223 new infections just three weeks before the Winter Olympics are set to open.
“In order to protect the health and safety of Olympic-related personnel and spectators, it was decided to adjust the original plan to sell tickets to the public and (instead) organize spectators to watch the Games on-site,” the Beijing Olympic organizing committee said in a statement.
It is unclear how these spectators will be selected and whether they will have to quarantine before or after the Games.
I suspect that we will learn much more about the true extent of covid in China during those games than Chinese officials have yet revealed.
I also project the Winter Olympics is going to be a colossal failure.
However, China has undoubtedly prepared a fascinating script that uses Canada as a scapegoat when its covid policies are shown to be useless.
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If true then well done Canada!
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
The entirety of China needs to be circled with artillery pointing directly at the heart of the beast.
No worries, Trudeau will keep doing whatever China tells him to do.
The parcel contained a dead bat, I’d guess.
Given how heavily the networks that fall under the NBC umbrella have been advertising their upcoming Olympics coverage, I’m betting they’re scared that they’re going to take a financial bath amid low ratings, not just because of the time delay issue but because it’s China hosting them. Speaking for myself, I plan on not watching any of it.
(And NBC’s “Let’s cut away from this event for another human interest story” coverage is terrible anyway.)
China’s posturing is about as credible as Johnnie Cochran’s “If the glove does not fit, you must acquit!” theatrics, on behalf of double-murderer O.J. Simpson.
Pretty sure our Postal works want this to be true so they can be like the teachers and demand they too not have to make life/death decision about going to work.
Protect our Postal workers!
This is very interesting, because the Canadian government is 100% owned lock, stock and barrel by the CCP. If China is flexing this way, that means something has changed in the relationship.
Wasn’t this a South Park movie highlight?
Xi is a fan of South Park. Who knew?
He is angry that no virus was named after him. They skipped right over Xi and went straight to Omicron.
Did anyone else hear Mr Biden announce between stutters in his fatigue press conference a few days ago the new COVID variant, the one he labeled OMICROM?
Right from the get-go, prior to arrival in U.S.,reports said it originated in China. There was no doubt until it spread worldwide and affected economies due to over reaction.
“” “Minimize purchases of overseas goods or receiving mail from abroad,” state broadcaster CCTV said late on Monday in a social media post.””
If the rest of the world took that advice, China’s economy would collapse.
Cartman, firecracker smoke still rising from his desk, points at Butters all the way across the room, and tells the teacher with a straight face, “He did it.”
I don’t know why there is not a unanimous, international boycott of the Peking Olympics.
With stench of cadaverous blood vapors still rising from the 100,000,000+ bodies Mao decimated, the students crushed under the tracks of 120,000# tanks, and the massacre and ongoing enslavement of Xi’s Uyghurs, just why not?
There is this inexplicable consensus that conservatives must always be polite and diplomatic towards villains. I’m researching to discover whose idea this originally was. I suspect it was one of the villains… though Batman keeps popping up.