Leading US coronavirus doctor accuses Covid-19 of Chinese ‘wet markets’


White House immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says wet markets selling live animals are to blame for the current coronavirus pandemic (Photos: AP / Getty)

The doctor responsible for the response to coronaviruses in America said that China’s “wet markets” where wild animals are caged and inhumanely slaughtered are to blame for the current pandemic.

Speaking on Fox and Friends on Friday, White House immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “I think we should stop these things right away. “

“It bothers me to see how, when we have so many diseases that emanate from this unusual human-animal interface, that we don’t shut it down.

“I don’t know what else has to happen for us to appreciate this. I think there are some countries where it is very common.

“I would like to see the rest of the world really lean on a lot of pressure on the countries that have it, because what we’re going through right now is a direct result. “

Dr. Fauci spoke while the number of coronavirus diagnoses in the United States has increased to over 250,000, with at least 6,700 people known to have been killed by Covid-19.

Although Dr Fauci has not named any country in particular, the coronavirus is believed to have originated largely in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year, with experts saying it probably started in one of these wet markets. The virus itself is found in bats, prompting speculation as to whether it jumped directly into the human population after a market vendor sold an undercooked bat.

Other scientists say the virus first jumped into an intermediate animal – which they believe to be an ant-scaly creature called a pangolin – before infecting people. Covid-19 had never infected humans before, which means that the human immune system had not developed any kind of immunity to fight the virus.

Beijing has been under increasing pressure to close wet markets in recent weeks, with the Chinese city of Shenzhen banning residents from eating wild animals, cats and dogs earlier this week. President Trump first sought to embarrass China about the epidemic by repeatedly referring to Covid-19 as “the Chinese virus”.

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