Van driver caught during the outbreak of coronavirus during the transport of 14 slaughtered wild animals
The Chinese police have detained a suspected smuggler after he caught him during the outbreak of the corona virus more than a dozen wild animals in a nature reserve.
Officers discovered 14 dead animals, including 11 Muntjacs and three feline mammals that are known to carry the SARS coronavirus, which killed hundreds of people in 2003.
Experts believe that the new coronavirus has been passed on to humans by wild animals sold as food, especially bats and snakes.
The driver points to the hunted wild animals that he tried to transport from a nature reserve in Pu’er, a city in the Yunnan province in southern China. The motorist has been detained
Police officers in the Caiyanghe Nature Reserve in Pu’er were warned by the locals about the suspected motorist who claimed to see someone illegally transporting animals in the wild
The suspect claimed that the exotic creatures thought to have been hunted for meat were “wild vegetables” when he tried to explain his load to the police.
Police officers in the Caiyanghe Nature Reserve in the southern city of Puer were warned by locals about the suspected motorist who claimed to have seen someone illegally transporting animals in the wild.
The Simao District Forest Police Station immediately sent officers to the scene and brought the driver to the scene, the local legal authority said via social media account.
Officers seized 11 dead Indian Muntjacs, a deer species from South and Southeast Asia, as well as three dead masked palm civets, reported a state broadcast CCTV.
The masked palm civets are known to carry the SARS coronavirus, known as SARS CoV, that killed 775 people and infected more than 8,000 worldwide during an epidemic in 2003.
Both species are protected in the country. Their bodies were hidden in cloth bags.
Officers grabbed 11 dead Indian Muntjacs (left), a deer species from South and Southeast Asia, as well as three dead masked palm civets (right). It is known that the latter carries the SARS coronavirus, which killed 775 people and infected more than 8,000 people worldwide in 2003
The forest police station of the Simao district caught the nameless driver on the spot (photo)
The central government ordered a temporary ban on the trade in wild animals on 26 January.
Those found guilty of hunting, killing, transporting, trading or selling wild animals may receive a maximum sentence for life imprisonment under Chinese law.
The Chinese police have reportedly seized around 38,000 traded wild animals between January 23 and February 11.
Within 20 days, officers across the country investigated 209 relevant criminal cases and 473 administrative cases, punished 690 offenders and seized 2,347 kilos of products from wild animals, state media reported.
The masked palm civet is linked to the outbreak of SARS coronavirus in 2003, in which 775 people died after the first emergence in Guangdong, China. The image above shows the feline mammals seized on January 5, 2004 by officials at the Xinyuan market for wildlife
The masked palm civet was found to carry the SARS corona virus, known as SARS CoV
The Chinese outbreak began at a wholesale animal market in the city of Wuhan, according to Chinese experts.
Scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that tests have shown that people have caught it from animals on the Huanan Seafood Wholesales Market.
It is not clear which animal carried the pneumonia-like disease, but the market was home to stalls with dozens of different species, including rats and wolf cubs.
However, conspiracy theorists have claimed that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is approximately 14 kilometers from the fish market.
The virus laboratory has repeatedly denied the allegations and called for an official investigation to prove the innocence.
The deadly Chinese coronavirus outbreak began at the Huanan Seafood Wholesales Market in Wuhan (photo), experts confirmed last month after testing samples collected there
Scientists from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that tests have shown that people have caught it from animals on the market where customers chose live animals slaughtered before them (photo shows reportedly skinned chickens on the market)
Experts have suggested that the disease may have originated in snakes, which are known carriers of coronaviruses (multiple reptiles on the market)
Image shows what looks like a beaver and a small deer caged in Huanan
A price list for one of the companies operating in the market showed “living tree bears,” which the Chinese is for “koala” (circled above)
The new virus – known as COVID-19 – comes from the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has infected more than 75,400 people in China and 76,700 worldwide.
The Chinese government has locked up tens of millions of people in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, to prevent the spread of the disease.
Hubei accounts for more than 80 percent of confirmed cases and 95 percent of deaths worldwide.
Meanwhile, Iran has confirmed 13 new cases of the killer virus and two new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to four, the highest number outside mainland China.
The new coronavirus has killed at least 2,249 people and infected more than 76,700 worldwide
More than 76,700 patients are infected, including more than 1,000 outside of China
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Italy has also announced three new cases of SARS-CoV-2 after a 38-year-old man picked it up from a friend who had recently returned from China and infected his wife and close friend.
The man is said to be in a “very serious condition” and has difficulty breathing in an intensive care unit.
And cases in South Korea have risen enormously, with researchers focusing on a church and hospital in the southern city of Daegu as clusters of infections.
At night, health officials from Hubei reported 631 new cases out of a national total of 889 and 115 out of 118 new deaths across China.
Worldwide, the coronavirus epidemic has killed at least 2,249 people, infected more than 76,700 and spread to at least two dozen countries.