The wet market of Wuhan, China, was not the origin of the coronavirus pandemic as previously thought, it's been claimed, The Sun reported.
Theorists say a super-spreader visited the Chinese city and sparked the COVID-19 outbreak.
Genetic evidence showed confirmed the virus originated in Chinese bats before it jumped to humans, but where exactly this happened is unknown.
Originally Chinese authorities said the first cases of the virus emerged at the local seafood market, which led to speculation the coronavirus may have made the transition to humans there.
But a new investigation of the animals being sold there has ruled that out.
The Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took samples of the products in the market and found none had COVID-19.
This led to the new theory that someone visiting the market had already contracted COVID-19 and became a super-spreader—giving it to shoppers and venders.
The Chinese CDC concluded, "the wet market was a victim of the virus" rather than the virus being transmitted from animals on sale.