China has ordered a temporary ban on the trade in wild animals.
This order was given on Sunday, January 26, 2020, as the country struggles to contain a deadly virus believed to have been spawned in a market that sold wild animals as food.
A joint directive from three top Agencies including the Ministry of Agriculture added that raising, transporting or selling all wild animal species is forbidden “from the date of the announcement until the national epidemic situation is over.”
China had announced last week that it would be building a new Hospital in a staggering 10 days to treat patients at the epicentre of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak that has stricken hundreds of people.
The facility in the central city of Wuhan is expected to be in use by February 3, 2020 to serve a rising number of patients infected by a coronavirus that has left at least 26 people dead and millions on lockdown in an effort to curb the spread.