Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday called on the WHO and the United Nations to act against China's wet markets, which may have arisen on the deadly corona virus, as they pose "major risks" to the health and well-being of the rest of the world.
A damp market in central China's Wuhan city is believed to be the cause of the coronavirus pandemic that started in December last year and spread from animal to human.
The virus has reached one million cases worldwide and, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 51,000 deaths have been reported in more than 175 countries and territories.
Scott Morrison said in an interview with a news channel on Thursday that "wet markets in China have been a very real and significant problem wherever they exist". "This virus started in China and went around the world. And so it started."
"We all know that. And these damp markets can be a real problem when it comes to what can happen in these markets. And I think from a world health perspective the World Health Organization should do something about it the UN and the World Health Organization is coming, "said Scott Morrison.
A wet market sells fresh meat, fish, products and other perishable goods as opposed to "dry markets". It gets its name from the floors, which are constantly getting wet by spraying fresh products and cleaning meat and seafood stands.
During a press conference on the health crisis on Friday, Scott Morrison reiterated its stance on global organizations to focus on such places and facilities, stating that "there are great risks to the health and well-being of the rest of the world".
"I think this is a big challenge for the world …, the World Health Organization and other international organizations. I think it is an area where they can spend a little time and attention because we face the big health risks can clearly see and see the welfare of the rest of the world as a result of these types of places and facilities, "said the Prime Minister.
The United States, the country most affected by the virus, has reported more than 245,500 cases, with over 6,000 deaths, followed by Italy, Spain and China.
As of Thursday, a total of 81,620 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in mainland China and 3,322 people had died from the disease.
Hubei's capital, Wuhan, which bore the brunt of the malicious virus for over two months, would begin flight service on April 8.
China began resuming the blockade of Hubei Province, home to more than 56 million people, by resuming local transportation services on March 25, followed by relaxation of travel for people who tested negative for coronavirus.
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