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Beijing's new cases might originate in Europe
Published on: 2020-06-15
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Genome sequencing of the strain of the coronavirus which caused the new COVID-19 outbreak in Beijing at the Xinfadi wholesale food market shows it originated from Europe, an expert from Beijing Center for Diseases Prevention and Control (Beijing CDC) said Sunday.

Yang Peng, a researcher from Beijing CDC said via telephone interview that it has been preliminarily determined that the virus found on the samples from the market is related to strains China has seen from imported cases. Genome sequencing showed that the coronavirus came from Europe.

Yang said that the source of the virus is still being traced and it is not known how it entered the market.

beijing 02There are two main theories as to how the virus got into the market. One is through contaminated seafood and meat imported from abroad which infected those who came into contact with it, Yang said.

The other is through people coming into the market and spread through human secretions such as coughs and sneezes which could also have transferred the virus onto seafood or meat.

beijing 01Yang said Beijing CDC will now conduct an epidemiological investigation into early and key cases, and will also conduct more tests on the strain of virus found in the Xinfadi cluster.

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