A paper from researchers in China has proposed that Sars-CoV-2 existed on several continents before the Wuhan outbreak. Photo: AFP A paper from researchers in China has proposed that Sars-CoV-2 existed on several continents before the Wuhan outbreak. Photo: AFP
A paper from researchers in China has proposed that Sars-CoV-2 existed on several continents before the Wuhan outbreak. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus was on many continents before Wuhan outbreak, Chinese team says

  • Paper by Chinese researchers says a strain can be traced to eight countries from four continents before the Wuhan outbreak
  • First human transmission may have occurred on the Indian subcontinent, it says – but other scientists question the finding

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A paper from researchers in China has proposed that Sars-CoV-2 existed on several continents before the Wuhan outbreak. Photo: AFP A paper from researchers in China has proposed that Sars-CoV-2 existed on several continents before the Wuhan outbreak. Photo: AFP
A paper from researchers in China has proposed that Sars-CoV-2 existed on several continents before the Wuhan outbreak. Photo: AFP

Corrected [4:16pm, 30 Nov, 2020]

  • [4:16pm, 30 Nov, 2020]

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Zeng Guang, former Chinese CDC chief epidemiologist, referred to the Italian paper as evidence that Wuhan was not the virus’ source.

     

     

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