China Confirms Strain Found in Market Came From Europe

According to experts, Beijing’s new COVID-19 outbreak is believed to have started in April.

China’s health authorities Friday confirmed that the coronavirus’ strain identified at the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing came from Europe after it was likely imported in frozen foods.

Although the results are still preliminary, experts have found that the virus was circulating in the city’s main wholesale market long before it was detected.

“If it had arrived in the city recently, so many positive samples could not have been detected,” the National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention assistant director Zhang Yong said.

The new outbreak is believed to have started in April, instead of late May or early June, when it was detected.

“After the Xinfadi’s outbreak, most of the detected cases show very mild symptoms,” China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Gao Fu commented. (TELESUR)

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