The British government is reported to believe that the COVID-19 outbreak could originate from accidental leakage in Chinese laboratories.
At the time of this writing, most experts believe that the plague occurred after an animal infects humans at an outdoor animal market in Wuhan, China.
What are the details?
Sunday’s report at Daily Mail revealed that British officials did not rule out the possibility that a new coronavirus outbreak could have emerged from a Chinese laboratory.
A government official told the outlet, “There are credible alternatives [to the zoonotic theory] based on viruses. Maybe it’s no coincidence that there is a laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted. ”
According to the outlet, there are at least two research laboratories that are physically close to the Wuhan animal market at issue. The laboratory is the Virology Institute, and the Wuhan Disease Control Center. The Institute of Virology, according to the outlet, is “the most sophisticated laboratory of its kind in mainland China.”
Earlier, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament accused the Chinese government of spreading disinformation around the virus.
“Disinformation about COVID-19 has already cost many lives,” the committee said the word last week. “It is very important that the Government issues a clear and transparent message within the country to confront and refute the disinformation spread by foreign powers.”
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy said that “there is no scientific or medical conclusion about the origin of COVID-19, because relevant search work is still ongoing. WHO has made repeated statements that what the world is experiencing now is a global phenomenon, the source is not determined, the focus must be on detention, and any stigmatizing language that refers to certain places must be avoided.
Just last week, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius Flying a similar theory in the event that accidental leakage occurred in the area.
Rutgers University Professor Richard Ebright, who works at the school’s microbiology institute, said that Wuhan scientists in such facilities only use “minimal protection” when working with dangerous infections.
“Collection of viruses, cultures, isolation, or infections in animals in BSL-2 with viruses that have the characteristics of virus outbreak transmission will pose a great risk of infection of laboratory workers, and from laboratory workers, the community,” he said. He also insisted that there was no way to rule out laboratory accidents.
On at the time of this writing, at least 1,292,564 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide. At least 70,798 people have died due to the deadly virus.
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