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China suggests Australian beef exports may have first introduced coronavirus to China

China has added a new insult amid the ongoing diplomatic spat with Australia by suggesting that the COVID-19 pandemic began with cold-chain storage imports – and linking Aussie beef to the theory.

Scientists generally locate the origin of the virus to a Wuhan wet market.

China has long suggested COVID originated in Europe or the United States months before cases were reported in China.

But in an article published by the Chinese Communist Party-owned Global Times, cold-chain storage of beef imports, it suggests, were potential sources for infection.

“Global Times reporters found from media reports that stores in the Huanan Seafood Market used to sell imported cold-chain seafood, such as king crab and arctic shellfish, as well as meat products from Brazil and Germany,” the article said.

A file image of a wet market. Credit: South China Morning Post/South China Morning Post via Get

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