Wuhan’s chief virologist denies coronavirus left his labs

Wuhan's chief virologist denies coronavirus left his labs

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A scientist examines samples in a Wuhan laboratory. (Reuters)

The head of the Virology Institute in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the birthplace of the coronavirus pandemic, has categorically denied that the disease began in his laboratories, in response to the hints made this Saturday by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. “In no way this virus has left us”, researcher Yuan Zhiming has announced. “We know perfectly well the kind of research we do and how we manage both our viruses and our samples,” he said in an interview with the CGTN network.

The director has assured that there is no record of contagion among his staff and that, although he understands that people “jump to conclusions”, it is very dangerous deliberately mislead people. Likewise, the scientist has denied that the virus has an artificial or synthetic origin. “There is no evidence to prove it,” he said.

His comments come a day after US President Donald Trump claimed that the idea that the virus might have started in a Wuhan lab was plausible to him. “It seems to make sense,” he told a press conference.

The US president also warned China of the possible consequences if it is proven that he knew the risks of the coronavirus. “If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then there will be consequences “, Has expressed. Trump criticized Chinas actions and said that the number of deaths from coronavirus in the Asian country is “much higher” than in the North American country, after the authorities in Wuhan revised upwards the number of deaths due to the disease. .



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