Chinese officials say latest outbreak in Beijing "is a European strain"

“According to preliminary genomic and epidemiological study results, the virus is from Europe, but is different from the virus currently spreading in Europe,” he said.

“It’s older than the virus currently spreading in Europe.”…

Wu Zunyou, the CDC’s chief epidemiology expert, had told state media earlier this week that the Beijing strain was similar to Europe’s, although not necessarily directly transmitted from European countries.

The strains found in the US and Russia were mostly from Europe, he added.