Covid-19 had reached France by late December

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This changes the history of the epidemic. Interesting:

The discovery came after French doctors retested samples taken on Dec. 27 from a patient initially diagnosed with pneumonia at a hospital near Paris. That was days before Chinese authorities first reported the previously unknown ailment to the World Health Organization; weeks before the Chinese acknowledged that human to human transmission was even possible; and more than a month before the disease was first officially acknowledged to have emerged in France.