Samples of coronavirus, taken in the area of the Beijing market “Sinhali” show that the strain is of European origin. This was stated by the specialists of the Chinese center for control and prevention of diseases after genome sequencing of this species SARS-CoV-2, announced June 20, the press service of the National Committee of health of China.
The researchers came to the conclusion that this strain over that now circulates in Europe.
To determine how the virus was imported to Beijing, is still difficult, said the representative of the center for Zhang Yong. According to one version, the infection was on the packaging of frozen products and intensified with increasing temperature; on the other – long viral culture was on surfaces in the market, where it was picked up by the workers “Sinhale”.
Chinese media reported that the source of the coronavirus were discovered on Board for filleting salmon on the market, “Signpad”. Because of this, China stopped the import of fish from Norway, although scholars have argued that salmon could not be a vector.
As stated at a press conference in Geneva, the Executive Director of the world health organization for emergency situations Mike Ryan, genome sequencing in Beijing removes all fears that the coronavirus could overcome the species barrier, informs Reuters. He has a human origin, stated the expert.
By 20 may in Beijing identified 183 active cases COVID-19, most of which are associated with the market, “Signpad”. Two people in critical condition. Authorities conducted tests for coronavirus 2.29 million residents of the Chinese capital (about 10% of its population).