The Norwegian fisheries minister: Norwegian salmon is not to blame for Beijing coronavirus outbreak

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Norwegian salmon cannot be linked to the novel coronavirus which was found on a chopping board for imported salmon at Xinfadi market last week.

The Norwegian fisheries minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen stated this during a video conference in Norway on Wednesday, according to Norwegian newspaper E24.

The Norwegian authorities met with the Chinese authorities on Tuesday on the matter, and the parties agreed that Norwegian salmon was not the source of the the novel coronavirus found at the food market.

It was last week that coronavirus was detected on a chopping board for imported salmon at Xinfadi market. The imported salmon was from Jingshen seafood market. As a consequence, the Beijing authorities shut down foodmarkets, and all salmon was removed from shelves in supermarkets in the Chinese capital.

On Tuesday, Chinese authorities said there was no evidence yet that shows coronavirus is host in salmon, but each batch of imported fish still has to be tested.

106 COVID-19 Cases have been reported so far after the new outbreak, and schools have once again been shut down in Bejing.