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Wuhan and Chinese market cannot be seen as the source of the pandemic, WHO concludes


The report by the team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), which investigated the origin of the new coronavirus, indicates that the city of Wuhan and the market in Huanan, China, cannot be considered as the point of origin of the pandemic.

The investigation, released this Tuesday, concluded that there were initial cases that had nothing to do with the Huanan market and that, in December 2019, there was a considerable transmission of the virus in the community that also cannot be associated with that place. Information that “suggests that that market was not the source of the outbreak,” says the report.

“At the moment, it is not possible to draw firm conclusions about the role of the Huanan market in the origin of the outbreak or about how the infection will have reached the market”, emphasizes the document.

It should be noted that this report aggregates the work carried out by the international mission of 17 scientists, together with a team composed of the same number of Chinese specialists, on a 28-day visit to Wuhan – half of which were quarantined.

Experts also point out that studies from different countries suggest that the virus may have been circulating for several weeks before the first case was detected in Wuhan. Thus suggesting “the possibility of a movement ignored in other countries”.

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