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China's Wuhan market reemerges as likely covid origin in new chronology

Scientists have yet to determine the origins of SARS-CoV-2, with debate about its genesis has coalesced around two competing ideas.

A street scene in Wuhan, China. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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A street scene in Wuhan, China. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Jason Gale | Bloomberg
An accountant from Wuhan, China, that was widely thought to be first person with Covid-19 actually developed symptoms eight days later than initially reported, making a female seafood seller at the now infamous Huanan market the earliest known case.

The confusion was caused by complications from dental work that made the 41-year-old man sick on Dec. 8. A fever and other symptoms caused by coronavirus started Dec. 16, after multiple workers at the Huanan market were already exhibiting signs of infection, including the seafood vendor whose symptoms began Dec. 11, according to a study Thursday in the journal Science. 

The accountant lived

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First Published: Nov 19 2021 | 12:59 PM IST

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