It is suspected that a wet market in the central Chinese town of Wuhan is the center of the coronavirus pandemic that began in December last year, passing from animals to humans.
On Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison encouraged the WHO and the UN to take measures against China’s wet markets, such as the one where the lethal coronavirus is thought to have originated, because they present “huge threats” to the rest of the world’s safety and welfare.
While talking to 2GB radio he said, ‘From a world health point of view, I think this is something the World Health Organisation should do something about,’
According to the statistics of Johns Hopkins University, the number of infections from the outbreak has exceeded one million worldwide, and over 51,000 deaths have been registered in more than 175 countries and territories.
He indicated Australia will take a firm stand in pressuring China to ban wet markets via the United Nations.
‘In these places we have to be quite strident on these issues to make sure people cope with what are very serious safety threats,’ the prime minister said.
‘It can be a real problem when it comes to what can occur in those markets., these wet markets can be a huge concern, because I think from a public health point of view, that is something the World Health Organization can do something about. I mean, all this money that comes from the UN and the World Health Organization,” said Scott Morrison.
As distinct from “dry markets,” a wet market offers fresh meat, seafood, vegetables and other perishable products. It gets its name from the floors being continuously damp from fresh produce spraying and cleaning meat and seafood stalls
The Prime Minister also noticed that coronavirus cases across Australia were rising as the number of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 5,315 on Friday.
He said the virus is spreading as some Australians tend to ignore the strict social distancing steps taken by the federal government.
‘We still see people doing things they know they shouldn’t do and it is really disappointing,’ said Mr Morrison.
The distancing policies limit events to a maximum of two people and allow Australians for important purposes only to leave their homes.
Such important explanations include food shopping, diet, treatment and job or school attendance.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that six months or more could be in place for such ‘tough’ security measures.