Wuhan’s wet market kept animals in close proximity causing cross-contamination and allowed coronavirus to spread from animals to humans easily, according to experts. But the horrific locations have since reopened, according to recent reports. Born Free Foundation’s Dr Mark Jones insisted animals are not to blame for coronavirus but the appalling conditions they are kept in at wildlife trading markets. He said the markets are hotbeds for many other human epidemics as well as COVID-19.
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Dr Jones told talkRADIO: “A massive proportion of the world is in lockdown and the economic costs are going to run into the trillions.
“Obviously our focus at the moment is on trying to help those people who are directly affected by the virus and to get through this emergency situation.
“But we have to look at the mistakes we made in the past by not taking action when action was called for by many experts to shut down the wildlife trading and markets which seem to be the source of COVID-19 and so many other human epidemics.
“These animals are now being farmed in very large numbers in some parts of the world.
“The way that they’re raised and transported and traded is enormously damaging to the health and welfare of the animals.
“When they’re traded in these markets, they’re mixed together with other species.
“They’re often held and slaughtered in appalling conditions which cause immense stress for the animals.
“But that creates the perfect conditions for these viruses to replicate and the close proximity to people means they can make the jump from animals to people.”
Since his comments, China has lifted its 11-week lockdown on Wuhan after confirmed cases of coronavirus have slowed.
China sealed off Wuhan, a central city of 11 million people, on January 23, a drastic step that came to symbolise its aggressive management of the virus.
More than 50,000 people in Wuhan were infected, and more than 2,500 of them died, about 80 percent of all deaths in China, according to official figures.
The virus has since spread around the world infecting more than 1.4 million people, killing 82,000 of them and wreaking havoc on the global economy as governments imposed lockdowns to rein in its spread.
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Hubei vice-governor Cao Guangjin said at a news conference: “We are acutely aware that we must not relax as we have not claimed final victory.
“We need to remain calm, and be just as cautious at the end as at the beginning.”
Shopping malls and the city’s biggest shopping belt, the Chu River and Han street, reopened on March 30. Long queues, thanks to requirements that customers stand a metre apart, have formed at supermarkets while some residents have taken advantage of the warmer weather to resume outdoor badminton games and dancing.
Wuhan has reported just three new confirmed infections in the past 21 days and only two in the past two weeks.
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