Covid-19 cases occurred far earlier than first recorded, says study

The first cases of Covid-19 likely occurred in China between early October and mid-November 2019, according to new data modelling that suggests the virus spread around the world far more quickly than was previously realized.

The first case was likely to have been on November 17, researchers said, in an analysis published in the journal PLOS Pathogens; said dpa international.

Officially, the first cases of Covid-19 were recorded in early December 2019, in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, although experts have long thought the virus was spreading between people before that.

This is also the view held by the team of World Health Organization (WHO) scientists tasked with studying the origin of the Covid-19 outbreak at the start of the year.



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