China released genome sequencing data for the Coronavirus, which is responsible for the outbreak recently, in Beijing, where officials said it had identified a European strain based on preliminary studies, according to a Reuters report. Coronavirus infection In the capital, Beijing, it also provided data to the World Health Organization.
In the latest outbreak in Beijing, the World Health Organization said it had informed the Chinese of the ongoing investigations into the source of the group and its extent, and requested that genetic sequences be disclosed as soon as possible..
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The genome sequence has also been shared with the World Health Organization and the Global Influenza Data Initiative(GISAID) .
Virus genome sequencing is a rapidly evolving vital tool in diagnosing Covid 19 disease and in understanding and controlling the spread of the new coronavirus.
Details published on the website of the China National Center for Microbiology Data in China revealed that the Beijing genome data was based on three human samples and one environmental collected on June 11..
It was on the same day that the Chinese capital announced its first new domestic infection with COVID-19 Months ago, in the eight days since then, Beijing has reported a total of 183 cases, linked to the vast food wholesale center in Xinfadi in the southwest of the city..
“According to the results of the preliminary genomic and epidemiological study, the virus is from Europe, but it differs from the virus currently circulating in Europe, it is older than the virus currently circulating in Europe,” said Chang Young, an official of the Center for Disease Control, Disease Prevention and Prevention, adding that there are many possibilities of how the virus will arrive. To China.
“It could have been hidden in imported frozen food products, or had been lurking in some dark and humid environments such as the Xinfa wholesale market, with the environment not sterilized or sterilized,” Zhang said in an article published by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
“Wu Zunyu,” the chief epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Control, told state media earlier this week that the Beijing strain is similar to that of Europe, although it is not necessarily transmitted directly from European countries, and “Wu” did not explain these comments. That were made before the genome sequencing was released.
He added that the coronavirus strains found in the United States and Russia mostly come from Europe, and about tracing the origin of the strain that struck Beijing, Wu said that the virus did not originate from the Chinese capital, it must have been some people or goods outside the city who carried it to the Xinfadi market.