May 27 (EIRNS)—A new study soon to be published in Nature magazine, and referenced in today’s Global Times, shows that the type of coronavirus that appeared in some patients in Shanghai was unrelated to the type shown in the patients who were infected at the Huanan Seafood market in Wuhan.
“Chinese scientists have discovered a novel coronavirus clade that is different from that shared among patients connected to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, which provides new evidence that the market may not be the origin of the virus that caused the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese scientists collected viral genome samples from 326 patients in Shanghai between January 20 and February 25. They identified two major clades, both of which included cases diagnosed in early December 2019, according to a pre-review paper published online by Nature magazine on May 20. They noticed that genomes of six patients with contact history related to the Huanan seafood market fell into one kind of clade while those of three other patients diagnosed in the same period but without exposure to the market clustered into the other clade, suggesting multiple origins of transmission in Shanghai, the paper said. …
The Huanan seafood market is more like a victim of COVID-19 rather than the origin of the novel coronavirus, Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and member of the National Committee of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told the media on Monday.
The study was conducted by research teams from the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and the National Research Center for Translational Medicine. Two major lineages of the virus deriving from one common ancestor may have originated independently from Wuhan in December 2019 and contributed to the current pandemic, although no major difference in clinical manifestation or transmissibility was found between them. This research casts doubt on the thesis that the virus originated in Wuhan. [WCJ]
The Chinese CDC now says the coronavirus didn’t jump to people at the Wuhan wet market — instead, it was the site of a super-spreader event”, by Avlin Woodward in the businessinsider.com on May 28, 2020
Live Science quotes Colin Carlson, a professor at Georgetown University who studies the spread of zoonotic viruses: “Carlson said his colleagues in China have been careful and precise in their work, publishing data according to international regulations that any scientist anywhere in the world can examine, and that strongly supports the conclusion that the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market wasn’t the source of the virus.”