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The Evidence Is Mounting That the Pandemic Started before December 2019

A resident wearing a face mask dances at a blocked residential area after the lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, April 11, 2020. (Aly Song/Reuters)

The Wall Street Journal offers an eye-opening update on the investigation into the origins of COVID-19:

New evidence from China is affirming what epidemiologists have long suspected: The coronavirus likely began spreading unnoticed around the Wuhan area in November 2019, before it exploded in multiple different locations throughout the city in December.

Chinese authorities have identified 174 confirmed Covid-19 cases around the city from December 2019, said World Health Organization researchers, enough to suggest there were many more mild, asymptomatic or otherwise undetected cases than previously thought.

Many of the 174 cases had no known connection to the market that was initially considered the source

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