Wuhan hospital the origin of Covid-19 pandemic, finds latest research

Four patients from the People's Liberation Army Hospital were reported to have the genetic signature of direct human-to-human coronavirus transmission in December 2019

Covid-19 pandemic began at General Hospital of Central Theater Command of People’s Liberation Army Hospital in Wuhan, China, according to a research by an American scientist published on October 28, 2020.

In the International biospecimen data, it is reported that four Covid-19 patient records were being created as early as December 10, 2019, which is weeks before the Chinese government broke the news to the public and World Health Organization.

Physician-scientist Dr Steven Quay found that out of the four patients, one’s coronavirus genetics closely matched with ancestor bat virus from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) or Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The process to check on these four patients was unusual. The process included collecting the sample from the patient, sequencing it and then uploading the sequence in the European Nucleotide Archive which was a 60-day process, observed Dr Quay.

People’s Liberation Army Hospital, which is located just 3 kilometres from the WIV, is on Line 2 of the Wuhan Metro system, from where the nearby hospitals initially started reporting COVID patients.

Five per cent of the Wuhan population travels through this line which could have been the cause for the rapid human-to-human spread of the virus in Wuhan. The Line 2 metro station ends at the International Airport station allowing the virus to spread throughout the world. This Line also connects to the Hunan Seafood Market, which was an early suspect for the origin of the pandemic.

The report claimed that it was December 1, 2019, to early January 2020 when the cases started to register and come to notice. Also, the research found that all the patients infected with Covid-19 virus were admitted in hospitals near to Metro Line 2, which turned the route into a conduit.

The scientists took the help of GISAID Database, headquartered in Germany, for open access to genomic data of influenza viruses and the novel coronavirus.

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