On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the United States Postal Service or USPS confirmed on media agency AFP Fact Check that the government still allows Chinese imported products to enter the country despite the continuous spread of the viral disease Novel Coronavirus or now officially called as COVID-19.
The U.S. will still accept Chinese imported products says Portal Service
COVID-19 has now killed more than 1,000 people and infected over 45,000 in the entire world, according to the latest reports of CNN. With the increasing rate of death tolls made by the viral disease, several news websites claimed that the biggest and the independent federal agency of U.S. Portal Service has been banning Chinese-made products in entering the country.
This, as explained by AFP and USPS, is fake news being spread out all over the internet. According to USPS, they did not implement 'import ban' on Chinese products, but rather, temporarily halt its transit service that ships mail from other countries to China and Hong Kong.
"Contrary to some media reports, the U.S. Postal Service continues to accept mail destined to China, Hong Kong, and Macao," a USPS spokesperson told AFP in an email on Feb. 12.
USPS also posted an alert message on their website saying that "ALERT: USPS WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING THE GUARANTEE ON PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL DESTINED FOR CHINA AND HONG KONG, EFFECTIVE MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2020, DUE TO WIDESPREAD AIRLINE CANCELLATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS INTO THIS AREA." How to kill boredom while on quarantine?
Amazon warns sellers of Chinese-based products
Tech times reported earlier that the most prominent online store in the country, Amazon, had already warned their Chinese sellers and distributors to give them updates regarding the delay of their shipments in response to the stringent health protocols in China and the country.
"If your business operations may be impacted, we recommend taking precautions to protect your Amazon seller account health. These precautions may include canceling previously placed orders that you are no longer able to fulfill, placing your account in vacation status, or taking additional steps to manage your inventory," said Amazon.
The report did not mention any updates on whether Amazon is implementing any Chinese imported product ban in the country.
WHO: Imported products can't contain Coronavirus
As also explained by the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses "do not survive long on objects," and once they are exposed to U.V. rays and heat, the virus tends to be killed.
U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also gave their statement about this hoax saying that "Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of 2019-nCoV associated with imported goods, and there have not been any cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States associated with imported goods."