WHO CALLS FOR HALT THE SALE OF WILD MAMMALS
WHO along with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have released fresh guidelines for the COVID-19.
The World Health Organization asked for a halt on the sale of live wild mammals in food markets in order to prevent the emergence of new diseases such as COVID-19.
These markets play an important role in providing food and livelihoods for a large number of the population, thus ban can protect the health of market workers and customers.
Animals, especially the wild animals, are responsible for more than 70% of all the new emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are known to be caused by novel viruses.
For example, even some of the earliest known cases of COVID-19 had links to a wholesale food market in Wuhan, with many patients being the stall owners.