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Coronavirus may have been accidentally leaked by intern working at Wuhan Institute of Virology: Report

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 April 2020, 18:56 IST

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday admitted Fox News report that the coronavirus may have been by accident leaked by an intern working at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The Fox News in an exclusive report in accordance with unnamed sources has maintained that even though the virus is a naturally occurring breed among bats and not a bioweapon, but it was being observed in Wuhan laboratory. The inceptive passing on of the virus was bat to human, the news channel said, adding that the patient zero worked at the laboratory. The lab worker was by accident infected before spreading the disease among the people outside the laboratory in Wuhan.

The Wuhan wet market which was at first regarded as being the place of origin, Fox News said, never sold bats. Be that as it may, Chine held the wet market responsible in order to divert blame from the lab, the report said.

The virus was being examined in the laboratory in a bid by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to “demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States,” Fox News said quoting various sources.

During the White House briefing of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Fox News reporter John Roberts while putting a question to Donald Trump about the claims stated, “Multiple sources are telling Fox News today that the United States now has high confidence that, while the coronavirus is a naturally occurring virus, it emanated from a virology lab in Wuhan, that, because of lax safety protocols, an intern was infected, who later infected her boyfriend, and then went to the wet market in Wuhan, where it then began to spread.”

The US President nieither validated nor dissented from the report, but indicated that, “more and more we’re hearing the story a” and we’ll see.” “We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened,” Trump added.

When asked by Robert about if he had raised Chinese lab security in his latest call with Chinese President Xi Jinping., Donald Trump stated, “I don’t want to discuss what I talked to him about the laboratory. It’s inappropriate right now.”

According to the news channel, China at first made attempts to conceal the outbreak. Quoting a source, the report stated that this could be the “costliest government cover-up of all time.” Sources also specified the World Health Organization (WHO) as being involved in the cover-up from the beginning, the report said.

According to a recent Washington Post, two years before, the US embassy officials in China showed apprehension about the inadequate biosafety at the Wuhan Institute of Virology where viruses and infectious sicknesses are examined.

Although the institute is China’s first biosafety level IV laboratory, the United States state department had put on the alert in 2018 about “serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory”.

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First published: 18 April 2020, 18:56 IST