WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Wildlife Markets are back in business, despite calls for a global ban on wildlife markets to prevent future pandemics.
- Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, believed to be the starting point of the coronavirus outbreak, is scheduled for permanent closure.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham says that trade alliance between the United States and China will be affected by the decision to continue wildlife markets.
The Wildlife Markets in Wuhan dealing with freshly slaughtered animals, fish and a variety of exotic wildlife re-opens after lockdown has been lifted last week, contending with calls for a global ban on wildlife markets to prevent future pandemics.
There are conditions that permit these markets to be back in business, Chinese Communist Party-linked Global Times reports. The outlet reports safety guidelines implementation in these market places for stopping the virus from spreading.
The Baishazhou market, the biggest wet market in Wuhan City, monitors body temperature upon entry, also demanding green cards from shoppers as proof: free of coronavirus symptoms.
The only market for permanent closure, Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market is scheduled to shut down operations per reports last month. The trading in this facility is cited as the epicenter of the outbreak, following evidence suggesting that the coronavirus outbreak involved animal to human transmission.
Selling off live and dead animals for human consumption may give rise to another global pandemic. For this reason alone, the closure of one wildlife market is not enough. Dr. Anthony Fauci, an expert on infectious diseases, agrees that the country should ban wildlife markets altogether.
Dr. Fauci, The White House Coronavirus Task Force, says “It boggles my mind how, when we have so many diseases that emanate out of that unusual human-animal interface, that we just don’t shut it down,” adding, “I don’t know what else has to happen to get us to appreciate that.”
This refusal to shut down market operations affects the trade alliance between the United States and China, says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina).
“If you don’t shut those wet markets down, our trading relationship is going to change,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said earlier this month. “What can China do to help the world? Shut those markets down.”
The coronavirus pandemic infected two million people globally, with more than 116,000 recorded dead from the disease first reported in Wuhan, China late December.
Source: New York Post