Is November 17 the first anniversary of Covid-19?

A quick fact check reveals the World Health Organization officially announced the emergence of a new pathogen on December 31.

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A WhatsApp forward did the rounds on Tuesday that claimed November 17 was the ‘first anniversary’ of Covid-19 as the first case was recorded in Wuhan on this date. A quick fact check reveals the World Health Organization officially announced the emergence of a new pathogen on December 31.

In its note, WHO wrote that its China country office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (cause) detected in Wuhan City in Hubei province. Till January 3, 2020, 44 such patients had been reported to WHO by the Chinese authorities. Of the 44, 11 were severely ill while the remaining were stable.

According to media reports, WHO said the concerned market in Wuhan was closed on January 1, 2020 for environmental sanitation and disinfection and the causal agent had not yet been identified or confirmed. China till date continues to maintain it has been transparent about the virus and the progression of the disease to the rest of the world. At some point of time it claimed the virus did not originate in China and was in Europe much before December.


This claim is under dispute.
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