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    China scientists claim virus born in India; West experts refute

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    Chinese scientists are now arguing that the coronavirus originated in India in July-Aug 2019 when an unbearable heatwave in May-June that year forced animals and humans to share the same water sources.

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    The theory is seen by many experts as Beijing’s latest effort to apportion blame outside their borders.
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    Chinese scientists are now arguing that the coronavirus originated in India in July-August 2019 when an unbearable heatwave in May-June that year forced animals and humans to share the same water sources.

    Various outlets of the state-run Chinese media have been carrying reports in recent days stating that a number of imported food products from different countries, including a consignment of fish from India, were found to have traces of the COVID-19 alleging that the virus may have entered China through foreign routes.

    Asked whether that is China's official view too, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here that “even though China was the first to report coronavirus but doesn't necessarily mean China is where the virus originated”.

    “So we believe the origin process is a complex scientific issue which requires joint efforts on COVID-19 cooperation from the scientific community worldwide. Only by doing so we can guard against future risks because origin tracing is an evolving and sustained process that involves many countries and regions,” he said.

    His response came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) team to investigate the origin of the virus is due to arrive in China, even though Beijing is yet to give a timeline.

    The theory is seen by many experts as Beijing’s latest effort to apportion blame outside their borders.

    A Glasgow University expert, David Robertson found the argument by the Chinese Academy of Sciences team “flawed”, according to Daily Mail newspaper.

    He said it “added nothing” to their understanding of Covid and that the Chinese approach was “inherently biased”.

    Since the coronavirus cases emerged in Wuhan in December last year before turning into a global pandemic with the worldwide death toll crossing over 1.4 million.

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    126 Comments on this Story

    Sharad M52 days ago
    Why not Pakistan or Nepal ?
    Lakshmi Panja52 days ago
    First, USA army, Then other countries, Now India.Looks like the list is endless for them
    Ganesh Iyer53 days ago
    Drop a third one & make some space in the world map. ð
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