Wuhan wet markets may not be coronavirus origin, identifying patient zero difficult: Taiwan’s VP

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Chen Chien-jen said that while Huanan seafood market is believed to be the source of the Covid-19 infection, there are serious doubts that hint it may not be the case.

Wet markets traditionally sell fresh produce and live animals, such as fish, in the open air. (Photo: Reuters)

Taiwan’s Vice-President Chen Chien-jen, also a renowned epidemiologist, said on Sunday that Wuhan’s wet markets may not be the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. Chen Chien-jen also said that the patient zero, the source of the Covid-19 infection, may never be found.

You can never find the patient zero, if he/she had a mild disease, Chen Chien-jen said.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Chen Chien-jen said that while Huanan seafood market is believed to be the source of the Covid-19 infection, there are serious doubts that hint it may not be the case.

“If we look at the first 42 cases published in academic journals, around ten have no history of going there. This is a very important hint that the market may not be the origin of this infection,” Chen Chien-jen was quoted as saying.

Chen Chien-jen also accused the World Health Organization of acting too late. When the first few cases of “mystery virus” emerged in mid-December, Taiwan had alerted the WHO but, it maintains, received no reaction on the same. He said the WHO took a quick action for H1N1 or SARS.

The WHO has, however, denied any failure on its part.

Recently, US President Donald Trump has warned China of consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Donald Trump underlined that there was a big difference between a mistake that got out of control or something is done deliberately.

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