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China experts: Different strain of coronavirus circulating in Beijing

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 15, 2020
Epidemiologists in China said Sunday that preliminary analyses of the current coronavirus outbreak in Beijing revealed a different strain of the pathogen.
Zeng Guang
CDC   Zeng Guang
The first results of two samples illustrated that the genetic sequence of the virus has other characteristics, but acknowledged the need for further investigation before reaching a conclusion, Zeng Guang, head of the field at the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

Topics: China

In this regard, university professor Chen Xi suggested comparing the strain with those found in other countries, especially those where China imports salmon, that is, Chile, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Australia and Canada.

His recommendation follows the discovery of SARS-CoV-2, which caused Covid-19 pneumonia, on the surface of a board used to cut that meat at the wholesale Xinfadi market, the source of the 43 reported infections in Beijing.

The local government insisted that the relevant institutions manage the outbreak with the necessary rigour, because it could lead to more patients and a second wave of the disease in the Chinese capital.