The wet markets had been banned back in March, but evidence came out that they were continuing to operate. It also includes other wild animals that are prohibited from consumption by laws and regulations.
Officials said that rearing wild animals for the objective of eating them was also banned and announced it would participate in nationwide efforts to buy out these breeders.
This is part of a national plan and animal rights activists say it is a first for Chinese authorities.
The local administration in Wuhan, the city of about 11 million people in China's central Hubei province where cases of the new coronavirus were first recorded late previous year, announced Wednesday that the eating of all wild animals was officially banned.More news: Samsung Terrace Is A 4K QLED TV Meant For The Outdoors
Many believe that the virus was transferred to people from bats before spreading across the world.
Hunan on Friday set out a compensation scheme to persuade breeders to rear other livestock or produce tea and herbal medicines.
The Chinese government is offering payments to farmers for at least 14 wild species, such as rat snakes, bamboo rats, civet cats, and Chinese bamboo partridges.
According to the publication, neighbouring Jiangxi province also announced a strategy to support the farmers in disposing of animals and simultaneously provide them with financial aid.More news: Ontario announces first wave of COVID-19 research projects
The recently released plans are for two mainland provinces - Hunan and Jiangxi. Hunan and Jiangxi provinces border Hubei province.
In a statement, it said when the first report of three cases of pneumonia of unknown causes was made on December 27, 2019 by Dr Zhang Jixian of the critical care department of the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, the country responded promptly using laid down procedure.
Bear bile is sourced from captive breeding facilities, which were also exempt from the January ban, though the practice has been branded cruel by animal welfare groups.
It should be mentioned that after the SARS outbreak in China, Beijing implemented measures to ban the trade and consumption of wild animals, but these failed to halt the trade in such animals.More news: Lady Gaga reveals her ‘painful breakups inspired new album
Dr Peter Li, Humane Society International's China policy specialist, said, "Wuhan's ban on wildlife consumption is extremely welcome as a clear recognition that the public health risk of zoonotic disease spread via the wildlife trade must be taken very seriously if we are to avoid another pandemic".