China's Wet Markets Reportedly Reopen While The World Continues To Battle The Pandemic

China's Wet Markets Reportedly Reopen While The World Continues To Battle The Pandemic

Watchful guards have been reportedly employed to make sure that no pictures are taken inside the market which is likely to be the source of the ongoing health crisis.

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China's wet markets, which was deemed the source of the COVID-19 pandemic, have reportedly reopened. The wet markets are notorious for selling bats, dogs, and pangolins for human consumption. Scientists, according to The Week, have considered this move dangerous as the novel coronavirus was first found in a bat originating in China. Then it hopped to another animal before being passed on to humans. According to CNN, the wildlife market in Wuhan, China, was immediately shut down as it was believed to be the source of the virus which has now spread all around the world and infected over 941,000 people and killed more than 47,000 worldwide. 



After a temporary ban on all farming and consumption of "terrestrial wildlife of important ecological, scientific and social value," in January, it was expected to be signed into law later this year by the Chinese government, reports New York Post. "The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus," read a report published by The Mail according to The Week. The first reported case of contraction was about a 55-year-old man from Hubei who had recently visited a similar wet market with had rabbits, dogs, and other terrified animals cramped in cases. 


But in the latest report, Daily Mail revealed that the pandemic was likely to be started by a woman selling live shrimps based on documents leaked to media. The woman developed a fever on December 11 and thought it was the seasonal flu. Seeking treatment, she visited a small and crowed clinic nearby and then went back to work, reports The Wall Street Journal. Eight days later, the 57-year-old was barely conscious in the hospital and became one of the first suspected cases of coronavirus. Speaking to The Paper, she recalled her initial symptoms and said, "I felt a bit tired, but not as tired as previous years. Every winter, I always suffer from the flu. So I thought it was the flu."



In January, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus had been passed onto humans by wildlife sold for consumption in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was the place where the woman worked. Despite being sick, she continued selling seafood in the market and then had to visit The Eleventh Hospital in Wuhan because she was still unwell. "The doctor at The Eleventh hospital could not figure out what was wrong with me and gave me pills. But then I felt a lot worse and very uncomfortable. I did not have enough strength or energy," she added.


That being said, the origin of the virus still remains unclear but it is not the first time that the wet markets have been held accountable for an outbreak of immense proportions. The SARS virus outbreak in 2003 was believed to have come from civets. It affected 26 countries and resulted in more than 8,000 cases, according to the WHO. The selling of snakes was briefly banned in Guangzhou following this. However, these animals are still consumed in parts of China, reports CNN



Recently, there have been new reports of imported coronavirus in China as the death toll rose to 3,295 with three new fatalities confirmed on Friday by China's National Health Commission. Although there were no domestic transmissions, the second wave of coronavirus cases is feared, especially with no vaccination insight. According to The Week, the wet markets have been reopened are being monitored carefully by guards who are ensuring that no pictures are being clicked inside the market. On Tuesday, the WHO announced that the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia was far from over. "This is going to be a long-term battle and we cannot let down our guard. We need every country to keep responding according to their local situation," said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr. Takeshi Kasai.


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