A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story

A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story
China is trying to stablish campaign to question the origins of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Nearly a year after doctors identified the first coronavirus cases in the Chinese city of Wuhan, China now appears to be stepping up a campaign to question the origins of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese state media has been reporting intensively on coronavirus discovered on packaging of frozen food imports and research into possible cases of the virus found outside China’s borders before December 2019.

In a Facebook post last week, the official People’s Daily newspaper claimed that “all available evidence suggests that the coronavirus did not start in central China’s Wuhan”.

The post quoted Zeng Guang, formerly a chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying: “Wuhan was where the coronavirus was first detected but it was not where it originated,”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a briefing that only that it was important to distinguish between where the virus was first detected and where it crossed the species barrier to infect humans.

Mr Lijian said: “Although China was the first to report cases, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the virus originated in China.”

“Origin tracing is an ongoing process that may involve multiple countries and regions,” he added.

Scientists in China have even submitted a paper for publication to the renowned Lancet magazine – that claims “Wuhan is not the place where human-to-human Sars-CoV-2 transmission first happened”, suggesting instead that the first coronavirus case may have been in the “Indian subcontinent”. The publication although it has not yet been peer-reviewed.

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