The authorities of Wuhan, China have announced a ban on the consumption of wildlife for a period of 5 years. Farmers have a government buy-out offer to ease the transition.
The local administration of Wuhan have reportedly also banned wildlife hunting unless it is for research purposes, disease monitoring, or population control. The administration added that the city will become a “wildlife sanctuary”.
While the exact origin of COVID-19 is not known, preliminary studies point to the likely source as bats. The coronavirus within bats has a genome that is 96% identical to the novel coronavirus. The studies also suggested that the virus was spread through the Wuhan wildlife market via another host, believed to be a pangolin.