(USA Features) Correspondents with the UK Daily Mail reported Monday seeing Chinese “wet markets” reopening across the country though one of them in the city of Wuhan is believed to have been the origin of the current spreading coronavirus.
Despite a pledge in February by President Xi Jinping to keep the markets closed, the reports said that the markets are back open and selling wild animals including bats, which are believed to have been the animal origin of COVID-19.
In January, Chinese authorities closed the Wuhan city wet market after five workers there became the first who were diagnosed with COVID-19
Several scientists say they believe it’s likely that bats either infected other market animals or humans directly, the Washington Times reported.
Bats carry a variety of coronaviruses and were also blamed for the 2002 SARS epidemic, which originated in a Chinese market.
The Chinese national assembly voted Feb. 24 to close all wet markets.
The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that, “Will they ever learn? Chinese markets are still selling bats and slaughtering rabbits on blood-soaked floors as Beijing celebrates ‘victory’ over coronavirus.”
The Mail said, “One source says that: ‘the markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus’ despite the outbreaks links to bats.”
The paper said, “Terrified dogs and cats crammed into rusty cages. Bats and scorpions offered for sale as traditional medicine. Rabbits and ducks slaughtered and skinned side by side on a stone floor covered with blood, filth, and animal remains.”
It is believed that the Chinese Communist government intentionally hid the severity and virility of the virus.
In addition, Wuhan police threatened eight would-be physician whistleblowers in January not to spread “rumors” about the disease.
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