According to a Daily Mail correspondent, markets in China have continued selling bats and wild animals, even after the government reports those markets were the center of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Daily Mail, cats, dogs, scorpions and bats are available to purchase at an indoor market in southwest China, in Guilin. China recently lifted a nationwide lockdown after the government found no new coronavirus infections. And so markets were packed with shoppers looking to buy a variety of animal meat.

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The UK correspondent said, “‘Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there’s nothing to worry about any more. It’s just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned.”

Another correspondent who visited a market in Dongguan reported, “The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus. The only difference is that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures which would never have happened before.”

Scientists believe that the virus started in Wuhan, at an exotic market like the ones that have reopened. As of March 29, 721,000 people around the world had contracted the coronavirus, according to CNN.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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