Closure of high-risk wildlife markets is “crucial” to preventing future pandemics, according to an international environmental group.

“As we rightly focus our efforts now on the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us, we also need to reassess how we prevent or reduce the risk of viruses and other diseases passing from animals to humans,” World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said in a statement on Thursday.

Reiterating the WHO’s report that points out animals as a source of the coronavirus, the group stressed that, illegal wildlife markets provide a fertile environment for viral diseases such as

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