Although SARS-CoV-2 was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, many studies and the World Health Organization have tried to find out where the virus actually originated.
The new coronavirus appeared in India in July or August 2019, not in Wuhan, China, say Chinese academics in a study published on the SSRN prepress portal.
According to the research, planned to be published in the Lancet newspaper, in India there was a heat wave in May and June last year, which led to a water supply crisis, which in turn brought closer contact between humans and animals. wild, like monkeys.
As a result, the first human-to-human transmission in India took place in July or August of that year.
Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences also said that India’s poor hygiene conditions and its “less efficient” health care system, as well as its “tropical climate” and “very young population” were factors that contributed to the spread of the virus.
In March, Chinese officials blamed American soldiers who visited Wuhan for the coronavirus outbreak, while last week China pointed a finger at Italy after a Milan study suggested the virus had been circulating locally since last year.
According to a press conference held on Friday (27) by Zhao Lijian, a Chinese spokesman, SARS-CoV-2 may not have originated in China.
“Although China was the first to report cases, it does not necessarily mean that the virus originated in China,” he said in response to a question about the charges against India.
Although the World Health Organization considers Huanan’s wholesale seafood market in Wuhan city to be the potential epicenter of the coronavirus, the United Nations’ special agency is still investigating the origins of the pandemic.
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