U.S. calls on China to close markets selling wild animal products

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. has called on China to permanently close markets where wild animal products are sold, citing the link between these markets and contagious diseases.

It is believed that the new coronavirus appeared in the market in Chinese Wuhan late last year.

“Given the strong link between the illegal sale of wild animals in such markets and zoonotic diseases, the U.S. has called on China to permanently close markets that sell raw wild animal products and all markets that illegally sell wild animal products,” Pompeo said in a Wednesday statement.