Bizarre claim by China is being laughed off by Canadian health officials and politicians.
Chinese health authorities are claiming the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was introduced to a resident of Beijing through a piece of mail from Canada.
Conservative Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole dismissed the accusation as “comical.”
Canada’s health minister Jean-Yves Duclos says he has his own opinions about why China is making such a claim.
A University of Ottawa expert on China says the allegation shows its leadership is still targeting Canada after its long-running dispute over the arrest of high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou
Organizations such as the World Health Organization and Canada Post say the risk of contracting COVID from a piece of mail is small.