As Wuhan lab theory on Covid gains steam, China says US peddling conspiracies
As the allegation that the coronavirus emerged from a Wuhan facility reappeared on Wednesday, China accused the US of "promoting conspiracy theories and falsehoods." As the allegation that the coronavirus arose from a Wuhan facility reappeared on Wednesday, China accused the US of "promoting conspiracy theories and falsehoods," while demanding Washington to expose its virology facilities to examination. After a World Health Organization (WHO) expedition to China was troubled by delays and trailed by political baggage, demand is increasing for a fresh investigation into the origins of Covid-19, led by the United States. Three lab workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized with coronavirus-like symptoms in November 2019, a month before the pandemic's first announced case, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal quoting US intelligence. According to the newspaper, researchers had obtained samples from a mine in southern China seven years beforehand, when miners had caught a mystery sickness caused by a novel bat-borne coronavirus. Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry, repeated a previous rejection of the claim, accusing the US of "promoting conspiracy theories and falsehoods such as a laboratory leak." The hypothesis that the lethal virus came from a Chinese facility was first promoted by former US President Donald Trump's administration, among other. Zhao warned that resurrecting the hypothesis was "disrespectful" to the WHO investigation and risked "undermining global cooperation in the battle against the virus."