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WHO panel to recommend 'deeper' study of early Covid-19 clues

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The World Health Organization's preliminary report into the origins of the novel coronavirus will recommend more extensive contact tracing of the first known patient with Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, as well as the supply chain of nearly a dozen traders in the Huanan seafood market, which is thought to have played a role in the early spread of Covid-19 in late 2019, according to investigators familiar with the draft report.

(CNN)The World Health Organization's preliminary report into the origins of the novel coronavirus will recommend more extensive contact tracing of the first known patient with Covid-19 in Wuhan, China, as well as the supply chain of nearly a dozen traders in the Huanan seafood market, which is thought to have played a role in the early spread of Covid-19 in late 2019, according to investigators familiar with the draft report.

Peter Daszak, a member of the 17-person WHO team and president of EcoHealth Alliance, which tracks viruses in animals, said the investigation had established the first known patient's parents had likely visited a market selling wildlife in Wuhan.

The patient met the WHO team, Daszak said, and at the end of the meeting added that his parents had visited "a local community wet market in Wuhan", which was not the Huanan seafood market.

Daszak said the WHO panel were not told the details of the market during their visit, and it was possible it sold animals or produce that could have been infected with the novel coronavirus.

Daszak said the Chinese scientists, looking into the case as part of the government's response, assured the WHO team the patient's parents had tested negative for the disease, yet the Chinese did not appear to have traced the parents' contacts in that market.

Miller said the December 8 patient's infection -- without any direct contact to wet markets or exotic travel -- showed there was already community transmission of the virus in December.

Daszak said Chinese scientists gave the WHO team a list of farms in the southern provinces of Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guangdong which supplied the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan with wildlife.

Daszak said Chinese scientists had visited wildlife farms in and around the central province of Hubei, and some "upstream suppliers," but not the southern farms he and the WHO team would be "most interested in. "

These animals from southern farms could have eventually made their way to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, Daszak said.

Chinese scientists had taken samples from the Huanan wet market over the month of January 2020 from the carcasses of dead fish and other aquatic animals, but not from live species, he said.

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