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Although more research is needed, China debunks US claims coronavirus was manufactured in lab

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‘The World Health Organization said there is no evidence that it was manufactured in a laboratory.’

Hong Kong – China on Thursday denied suspicions reportedly

raised by US intelligence sources that the coronavirus might have

originated in a medical laboratory rather than a food market in the

city of Wuhan.

Though more research was needed to clarify the origin of the virus,

there was no evidence to suggest it was man-made, or that it

originated in a laboratory, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman

Zhao Lijian.

“The World Health Organization said there is no evidence that it was

manufactured in a laboratory,” the spokesman said. “Many renowned

medical experts have also confirmed that the allegation that the

virus leaked from a laboratory has no scientific basis.”

The Chinese repudiation came a day after US President Donald Trump

was asked during a press briefing to comment on media reports that

US intelligence was investigating whether the coronavirus came from a

Chinese laboratory.

“I don’t want to say that,” Trump said. “But I will tell you that we

hear this story more and more.”

The president added that his administration was investigating very

closely what had happened.

Immediately after the press briefing, US Secretary of State Mike

Pompeo told Fox News that China had failed to provide answers in this

regard.

The US broadcaster has been repeating this theory based on testimony

from unnamed sources. Experts believe the virus originated in an

animal market in Wuhan, where the first infections also occurred.

dpa