The first coronavirus in China contracted employee of one of the labs in Wuhan city, announced April 16 the American channel Fox News , citing several sources familiar with the decisions of the authorities of China and had seen the relevant documents.
The interlocutors of journalists suggest that the virus originated in the laboratory “not as a biological weapon”, as a result of Chinese attempts to demonstrate that the steps taken to identify and combat viruses is equal to or exceeds the capacity of the United States.
According to sources the channel, “patient zero” contracted the coronavirus from bats in the lab, and the virus then spread through the city.
Documents seen by the interlocutors Fox News, describe in detail how doctors in the lab trying to contain the spread of the virus in the early stages.
Wuhan market animals and seafood “huanan”, which is called the possible source of the virus, never sold bats. Channel sources suggest that Chinese authorities are specifically came up with this version in order to divert suspicion from the lab.
This story could be “the most expensive government cover-up of all time,” said one of the interlocutors of the channel.
Fox News asked for a comment by the President of the United States Donald Trump. “We are hearing more and more of this story… We carefully study this terrible situation,” he said at a briefing.
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said Fox News, that today it is known that it originated in Wuhan, and added: “We know that Wuhan Institute of Virology is located just a few miles from the market wild animals. U.S. authorities are working hard to figure it out”. Earlier this week Pompeo accused China of concealing information about the coronavirus.
In early March, the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, citing data from the investigation of the Chinese authorities wrote that the first patient contracted the coronavirus in November, not in December. It was a 55-year-old resident of Hubei province. According to the newspaper, the Chinese authorities have identified at least 266 people who have contracted the virus last year and has come to the attention of physicians. The doctors realized that we are dealing with a new disease at the end of December.
Scientists believe that the chain of transmission of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, were involved bats, snakes and pangolins (in China, their meat is considered a delicacy). Which of these animals has infected people, it is not known.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the number of infected with the coronavirus in tire exceeded 2 million people, of them more than 512 thousand recovered, and 137 020 died.