China's top political body approved the decision on Monday to ban the consumption and the illegal trade of wild animals, which some experts believe to be the source of the virus.
The National People’s Congress Standing Committee approved the ban on Monday in a bid to help “safeguard public health and ecological security," according to Chinese state media.
The move aims to “completely ban the eating of wild animals” while also “cracking down on illegal trade of wildlife,” state media reports.
The use of wild animals for scientific research, medicine and exhibition will now need to go through “strict examination and approval” by the supervising department in accordance with relevant regulations.
This comes after Chinese authorities suspended the trade of wild animals on January 26th in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.