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Chinese officials believe that patient zero had contracted COVID-19 through oral, genital, or anal sexual penetration with various animals, including bats.

The claim is false and was taken from a satirical website.

The claim is false and was taken from a satirical website. World News Daily Report had posted an article titled 'Covid-19: Chinese Health Authorities Confirm Patient Zero Had Sex With Bats’ on March 29, 2020. Upon research, we found the article was posted on a satirical website and at the bottom of the page, the website states that 'World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and the fictional nature of their content.'

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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