AGENCIES, Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday appealed to the authorities at World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations (UN) to act against China’s wet markets. These are the places where the deadly coronavirus is thought to have originated and they pose “great risks” to the health and wellbeing of the rest of the world.
A wet market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan is believed to be the source of the coronavirus pandemic that began in December last year, crossing from animals to humans.
The number of cases from the virus has reached one million worldwide and more than 51,000 deaths have been reported across more than 175 countries and territories, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Stating that China-based “Wet markets were a very real and significant problem wherever they exist,” Scott Morrison in an interview to a news channel on Thursday, said “this virus started in China and went round the world. And that’s how it started.”
“We all know that. And these wet markets can be a real problem when it comes to what can occur in those markets. And I think from a world health point of view, this is something the World Health Organisation should do something about. I mean, all this money that comes out of the UN and the World Health Organisation,” Scott Morrison said.
A wet market sells fresh meat, fish, produce, and other perishable goods as distinguished from “dry markets”. It gets its name from the floors being constantly wet from the spraying of fresh produce and cleaning of meat and seafood stalls.
On Friday, during a media briefing on the health crisis, Scott Morrison again reiterated his stance on global organisations to focus on such places and facilities stating that there was a “great risks to the health and wellbeing of the rest of the world.”