Market in China’s Wuhan was likely origin of COVID-19 outbreak: study

Market in China’s Wuhan was likely origin of COVID-19 outbreak: study


The first known case of COVID-19 was a vendor at a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan – not an accountant whose case contributed to speculation the deadly bug could have leaked from a lab, according to a new US study.

Michael Worobey, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona, wrote in the journal Science that the first known case of the illness was a woman who had worked at the Huanan market — who reported symptoms on Dec. 11, 2019, according to Agence France-Presse.

An accountant who was widely thought to be the first person with COVID-19 reported that his first symptoms appeared on Dec. 16, Worobey said.

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