Coronavirus latest news: Cruise ship passengers finally allowed to disembark


Coronavirus latest news: Cruise ship passengers finally allowed to disembark

Ships carrying refrigerated cargo containers of chicken from the US to China are being diverted to ports in Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a US poultry export trade group.

The virus is keeping consumers and workers at home in China, delaying purchases at stores and restaurants and slowing the unloading of products at ports.

Chinese ports have run out of space for refrigerated containers, which must be plugged into electrical outlets once they are offloaded to keep frozen meat and other food products cold, and only shipments of medical supplies and pork needed to bolster China’s reserves are being allowed in, Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, told Reuters.

“Everything else is being considered not a priority and is not allowed entry,” he said. “China is basically shut down right now.”

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