Version of the original source of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the market in Wuhan is incorrect, said the Director of the Chinese center for control and disease prevention Gao Fu.

“We thought that the seafood market is infected with a virus, but the market is more of a victim. The new coronavirus existed long before this,” he told the newspaper Global Times.

According to the center for control and prevention of diseases, scientists have not identified infection with coronavirus samples of animals from the market, so buyers could not get infected. According to the Daily Mail, there are genetic evidence that the virus came from bats and then transmitted through the “interim pet” person. However, patient zero could not be established.

the Chinese authorities believe that the first sick person was 55-year-old resident of Hubei province. He caught on November 17.