According to the report of the South China Morning Post, researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology stated that the coronaviruses belonging to this new branch are the “distant relative” of the cause of Kovid-19.
The researchers noted the conclusion of the study that the coronavirus species discovered from bats may only be the visible part of the iceberg for now.
Russian expert Vladimir Dedkov from the WHO delegation said that there were all conditions for the spread of the epidemic in the food market in Wuhan, but this did not mean that the virus originated from there.
Chinese officials denied the allegations, and made counter claims that “it is not proven that Kovid-19 originated in another country and came to the country with imported frozen seafood.”
China declined calls for investigation
After obtaining the permits, the delegation, which came to the city by private plane on January 14, was kept in quarantine for 14 days, during this period, they exchanged information with Chinese officials online.
In the field studies that started on January 29, the delegation conducted examinations in the seafood food market in Wuhan, where the first cases were seen, as well as Hubey China and Western Medicine Integrated Regional Hospital, Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, Hubey Province Disease Control Center and Animal Diseases Center.
Kovid-19 was seen for the first time in the food market in Wuhan
The world was first informed of the Kovid-19 outbreak when it reported to WHO that “mysterious respiratory illness of unknown origin” emerged in Wuhan city of Hubey province on December 31, 2019.
The disease was first seen in people who visited the seafood market in Wuhan, and the first patient was admitted to the hospital on 17 November with the complaint of “respiratory illness” whose cause was unknown.
It was understood that the disease that causes lung inflammation was caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, which is predicted to be a mutated beta coronavirus found in bats.