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Images of packed hospitals point to much earlier outbreak in Wuhan

New study uncovers big spike in number of cars parked at city’s hospitals in 2019 compared with 2018

Ben Riley Smith

Coronavirus may have broken out in the Chinese city of Wuhan much earlier than previously thought, according to a US study looking at satellite imagery and internet searches.

The Harvard Medical School research found that the number of cars parked at major Wuhan hospitals at points in September and October 2019 was much higher than the preceding year. It also found that searches from the Wuhan region for information on “cough” and “diarrhea”, known Covid-19 symptoms, on the search engine Baidu spiked around the same time.

It has led researchers to suggest that the outbreak began much earlier than December 31, the date the Chinese government notified the World Health Organisation of the outbreak...

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