The investigators, however, note the need for further probes into the suppliers of those and other animals to the market. They have yet to ascertain a full list of live and dead animals sold legally or illegally at the market.
The experts also insist that China carry out widespread testing of its mink farms after two-way transmission of SARS-CoV-2 between humans and mink was confirmed in Europe.
The WHO expert team finished their four-week trip to China last week. At a press conference, they announced that any leak of the virus from a lab was unlikely, while the Wuhan wet market's role remains unclear. The investigators also doubted that bats had carried COVID-19 to the market, suggesting that there was an intermediate host.