Chinese people eat bat soup? | Updated: 2020-05-01 20:10

The following is one of the 16 most common rumors about the COVID-19 epidemic related to China, compiled and published by the Chinese embassy in Germany. The original version was published in Chinese and German. China Daily did some minor editing and updated a few figures in translation.

Bats hanging on a branch. [Photo/Unsplash]

Rumor: Chinese people consume bat soup, causing the virus to jump from animals to humans.

Fact: There is so far no concrete evidence confirming the novel coronavirus comes from bats.

Chinese don't eat bats, and they are not considered food in China. The Wuhan Huanan Seafood Market, where the outbreak was first documented, didn't sell bats. This has been reported by a German rumor-busting website.

The video circulating online showing a Chinese female tour guide drinking bat soup was filmed in 2016. The video was recorded in Palau, a Pacific island, where the guide was trying out a local delicacy with her team for a travel program.

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