Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

China traces Beijing Covid-19 outbreak to European strain



PHOTO: Euronews

China says it’s identified a European strain of Covid-19 as having sparked the recent spike in south west Beijing suburbs, but the World Health Organisation will only say it was imported from outside the city and needs further investigation. China has released genome sequencing data which officials claim identifies a European strain of the coronavirus. 183 people have contracted the virus in a surge that began just over a week ago, linked to Beijing’s massive Xinfadi wholesale food centre.

WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan says that strains and viruses move around the world.

“…so I think it’s not indicating that Europe is the origin of the disease at all. What it is saying most likely is the disease was most probably imported from outside Beijing at some point.”

Ryan says it’s critical to establish when the virus arrived in Beijing, how many people were infected along the way, and what amplified its spread, but that it’s “reassuring” that the virus appears to be of human origin and didn’t jump the species barrier again.

China had come under pressure to make the data public sooner rather than later as Covid-19 cases mount in the capital. The US has blamed the Chinese government for moving too slowly to contain the initial outbreak. China says it wasted no time in releasing information including the genome sequence of the first outbreak in Wuhan. The latest genome sequencing data were published Thursday, and were also shared with the WHO and the Global Influenza Data Initiativeaccording to the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

China’s National Microbiology Data Centre website reveals the Beijing genome data was based on 3 samples – 2 human and 1 environmental – collected back on June 11, the same day the Chinese capital reported its first new local infection in months.

“According to preliminary genomic and epidemiological study results, the virus is from Europe, but it is different from the virus currently spreading in Europe. It’s older than the virus currently spreading in Europe.”

The Chinese CDC’s chief epidemiology expert told state media this week the Beijing strain is similar to Europe’s, although not necessarily directly transmitted from European countries. He didn’t elabourate on those comments, made before the genome data release. He added that the strains found in the United States and Russia are mostly from Europe.

Regarding the the origins of the strain that’s hit Beijing, the CDC says it did not originate in the Chinese capital.

“It must be some people or goods outside of the city that carried it into the (Xinfadi) market. It’s unclear who, or what kind of goods, had brought the virus into Beijing.”

SOURCE: Reuters


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Politics41 mins ago

Exiled Sri Lanka President warned to stay in his hotel in Bangkok

World42 mins ago

UPDATE: Salman Rushdie on ventilator, details on stabber emerge

Thailand2 hours ago

Campaign to get international training for Thai teen declared record sprinter

Sponsored2 days ago

BKFC THAILAND 3: Moment of truth set for September 3

Crime2 hours ago

Royal birthdays bring over 100,000 royal prison pardons

Video2 hours ago

The Voice Behind the World’s Top Brands ft. Krit Tone Sukawat | Thaiger Podcast Ep.2

Press Room3 hours ago

Thailand as your next destination for Motorcycle Adventure post-COVID

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime3 hours ago

Singaporean and Thai swindler couple arrested in Malaysia

Crime14 hours ago

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed at New York lecture

Transport18 hours ago

Daily trains begin between Malaysian border and Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Virologist predicts most of Thailand will have had Covid by 2023

Transport20 hours ago

Bangkok gets 20 new electric buses next week

Crime21 hours ago

Armed robber escapes with gold worth 800,000 baht in Thailand

This is Thailand22 hours ago

Similarity of Mothers Around the World | Thai Mother’s Day 2022

Crime22 hours ago

Foreigner faces prison for Parrotfishing in Thailand

Bangkok23 hours ago

Woman escapes death after car hit by fallen debris in Bangkok

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11