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PM puzzled by unfathomable animal markets

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces the government's childcare package at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) has scolded the World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of wet markets (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Scott Morrison has scolded the World Health Organisation for supporting the reopening of wet markets.

The prime minister said it was "unfathomable" to support live animal markets, where experts believe coronavirus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

"I'm totally puzzled by this decision," Mr Morrison told Nine on Tuesday.

Australia's firm stance against wildlife markets could put the country on a collision course with the global health authority.

"We need to protect the world against potential sources of outbreaks of these types of viruses," Mr Morrison said.

"It has happened too many times."

Health Minister Greg Hunt is also unsettled by China's plans to reopen the markets.

"There is a very real likelihood that this disease arose from a wet market in Wuhan - it's clear that these are dangerous vectors," Mr Hunt told the ABC.

"So we might disagree on this issue with some of the international authorities, but our job is to protect Australians, and I would imagine that around the world, the vast majority of people would have a similar view."

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