In perhaps the most bizarre news of the entire pandemic, reports are coming in from China that claim the latest COVID-19 positive test has come from an unlikely source...
And people are utterly baffled.
As millions of COVID-19 tests are being rolled out all over the world, it seems that something other than us humans can carry the notorious virus.
But how has this even happened?
Obviously, this news is a little concerning...
Because, after a tedious twelve months, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel.
Just a couple of months ago in November 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved...
And, after months of world-wide lockdowns and quarantines, this news was music to everyone's ears.
The vaccine's developers - Pfizer and BioNTech - described the milestone as a "great day for science and humanity."
And, in December, the companies announced that they would be supplying the U.S with one-hundred million additional doses.
Throughout the last few months, the vaccines have been administered to not only Americans...
But to people all across the globe.
Ninety-one-year-old Margaret Keenan, from the U.K, made international headlines when she became the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer COVID-19 jab.
Spirits are high...
At least 151,000 people in the U.S have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a New York Times survey of all fifty states.
And, to combat the few vaccine skeptics, various celebrities and public figures had their jabs administered on live TV.
Because of course there are anti-vaxxers protesting against the vital vaccine.
Vice-President, Mike Pence, was the unlikely figure to lead the trend, with him being one of the first to receive the vaccine during a live White House broadcast.
President-elect, Joe Biden, quickly followed suit.
Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine — and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 11, 2021
I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus. pic.twitter.com/w1m8gEh2iL
After receiving the second dose of the vaccine, he tweeted:
"Folks, I just received the second dose of my COVID-19 vaccine - and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless. I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it's your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus."
For many, the success of the vaccine has signalled an end to the dark days of the pandemic...
But, despite this good news, slightly more worrying updates continue to trickle in.
Just last week, it was announced that a troop of gorillas at San Diego zoo had tested positive for the virus.
Tests were initially carried out after 2 of the gorillas at the California zoo developed a cough...
The infection was then discovered to have come from a member of the park's wildlife care team who had previously tested positive for the virus, but had been asymptomatic and wore a mask at all times around the gorillas.
Thankfully, the troop is expected to make a full recovery...
But this development was grim evidence that the virus - which had previously been known to infect humans only - can in fact be transmitted to primates, thus bringing with it a whole array of new issues to tackle.
And today, there has been another worrying COVID-19 update...
But this time, the positive test result has come from the most unlikely of places.
Rather than come from humans or animals...
An unexpected item of food has somehow received a positive COVID-19 result.
As for the culprit?
Well, it's our summertime favorite: Ice-cream.
Yep, reports are claiming that samples of the frozen treat have tested positive for the virus.
Health authorities in China are trying to trace people who may have come into contact with the ice cream, which was produced by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company in the northern Tianjin Municipality.
They have estimated that as many as 4,836 boxes could be contaminated...
2,089 of which have now been sealed up and secured, China Daily reported.
Each box contained 6 ice-cream products...
The authorities are now in the process of investigating sixty-five of these boxes that had been sold in the local market after the positive test results.
The company's 1,662 employees are now in quarantine...
And people who bought the ice-cream have been told to monitor their health and movements, and to inform authorities if they fall ill.
But how can ice-cream of all things test positive for COVID-19?
Well, the virus may have been able to survive on the ice cream due to the cold temperatures it is stored at and the fact it contains fat.
But Dr. Stephen Griffin, a virologist based at the University of Leeds in the U.K, said that it is most likely a "one-off" and shouldn't be cause for alarm. Speaking to Sky News, he said:
"It's likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off."
Thank goodness for that!
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