© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People go to a road market virtually a 12 months after the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 7, 2020. Picture taken December 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The first identified COVID-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to don’t have any hyperlink to the market however whose case contributed to hypothesis the virus may have leaked from a lab, a U.S. researcher wrote in a commentary piece revealed on Thursday.
The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 stays a thriller and a serious supply of stress between China and the United States. The new evaluation by the researcher doesn’t present a definitive reply to that query.
A joint examine by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) this 12 months all however dominated out the idea that COVID-19 originated in a laboratory, saying that probably the most likely speculation was that it contaminated people naturally, most likely through the wildlife commerce.
A WHO-led crew of consultants spent 4 weeks in and across the central metropolis of Wuhan with Chinese scientists and stated in a joint report in March that the SARS-CoV-2 virus had most likely been transmitted from bats to people by means of one other animal however that additional analysis was wanted.
The accountant who was extensively regarded as the primary individual with COVID-19, when interviewed, stated his first COVID-19 signs appeared on Dec. 16, a number of days later than initially reported, Michael Worobey, head of ecology and evolutionary biology on the University of Arizona, wrote in the commentary piece in the journal Science.
“His symptom onset came after multiple cases in workers at Huanan Market, making a female seafood vendor there the earliest known case, with illness onset 11 December,” Worobey stated in the article.
He stated most early symptomatic circumstances have been linked to the market, particularly to the western part the place raccoon canines have been caged, offering sturdy proof of a live-animal market origin of the pandemic.
Worobey was among the many 18 scientists who had written to Science in May calling for an investigation into whether or not the supply of the virus may have been a laboratory accident.
The WHO proposed final month a brand new professional panel to analyze the supply of the coronavirus.
(This story has been corrected all through to point the publication was a commentary piece, not a proper examine. Adds background on researcher in paragraph 8)
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