The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wuhan, China, in December.
Chinese news service Pengpai reported Thursday the first known patient of COVID-19 in Wuhan was a woman shopkeeper at Huanan Seafood Market, the official ground zero of the outbreak in December.
Chinese authorities did not disclose information regarding the outbreak until Dec. 31, when they said 27 people showed symptoms of pneumonia.
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the new coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus" and suggested China needs to fully disclose information for health safety.
We still need good information from the Chinese Communist Party about what is taking place there," he said.