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Mutated coronavirus found on patients in Wenzhou?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-02-19 15:47
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Rumors of a "mutated coronavirus" found in patients in Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, have sparked public fear of a "different" virus from the novel coronavirus and prejudice against people from Wenzhou.

It is falsely reported that 40 percent of the 490 confirmed cases in Wenzhou were infected with a mutant coronavirus, which is totally different from the virus identified in Wuhan.

According to a thesis published by a panel for control of the novel coronavirus epidemic of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association on Tuesday, full-length genome sequences of the novel coronavirus samples collected so far are nearly identical, which means there is no obvious mutation.

Based on the latest monitoring of the virus, no mutation has been found in any circumstances.

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