Take out the bib: lobster for dinner.
With the price of seafood delicacy cradled by the COVID-19 epidemic, this luxury treat has been transformed into more than a mouthful of bargain.
Lobsters that were shipped to Asia on charter flights for Chinese New Year celebrations have been anchored by the increase in coronavirus cases as thousands of people feared the epidemic have canceled restaurant reservations.
With confused lobsters flocking to North American markets, prices have dropped to the lowest level in four years, according to Bloomberg.
The loss of a country is a boon for American consumers who take lobsters at favorable prices from fishmongers.
“We were able to offer a product that we normally could not make because it was too expensive,” said Casey Peterson, director of operations at Giovanni’s Fish Market and Galley in Morro Bay, California. “Prices have come down a lot, so we can offer it at a much cheaper price,” added Peterson.
The northern California fish market generally sells prickly California lobster for $ 40 a pound. Now customers can buy the state delicacy for half the price at $ 19.99 a pound.
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The west coast, which ends its lobster season in March 15. The east coast, ended its lobster season in December.
At least 101,601 cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.
The United States has confirmed 241 cases of COVID-19 after Colorado, Maryland, Nevada and New Jersey reported their first encounters with the infection on Thursday.
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