January 26, 2020 / 6:45 AM / a month ago

China bans wildlife trade nationwide due to coronavirus outbreak

BEIJING (Reuters) - China banned wildlife trade nationwide in markets, supermarkets, restaurants, and e-commerce platforms due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s market watchdog, agricultural ministry, and forestry bureau said in a joint statement.

Any places that breed wildlife should be isolated, and the transportation of wildlife should be banned, said the statement.

The ban will take effect from Sunday.

The virus which has infected more than 2,000 people globally and killed 56 people in China has been traced to a seafood market in Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.

Reporting by Cheng Leng, Samuel Shen and Se Young Lee; Editing by Michael Perry

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