China has long been identified as being the epicentre of the deadly virus, which at the time of writing, has recorded 529,878 deaths worldwide. Next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will begin a scoping mission in China to establish the cause of the outbreak. Ahead of the mission, one of China’s top researchers, Wang Guangfa insisted the WHO should also go to Spain.
He referenced researchers in Barcelona who stated they’d detected COVID-19 in the wastewater in March last year.
Chief of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zeng Guang also said: “It does not matter which country the scientific identification work starts with, as long as it involves all related countries and is fairly conducted.”
China has long been accused of hiding the true details of the virus – something they have repeatedly denied.
Some Tory MPs such as chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Tom Tugendhat and former Conservative party leader, Sir Iain Duncan-Smith have criticised China’s reaction to the outbreak which hit the city of Wuhan.
Donald Trump’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro also claimed China had deliberately allowed people to enter the country in order to spread the virus worldwide.
He said: “What they deliberately did – and this is beyond reproach in terms of the facts – they deliberately allowed Chinese nationals to come into the US, Italy and everywhere in between, who were infected, while they were locking down their own transportation network.”
Beijing has responded angrily to US claims, in particular, that they allowed coronavirus to spread across the globe.
Scientists have claimed, it is essential to understand how and where the outbreak occurred.
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The accusation was the first time the EU Commission has publicly claimed Beijing has been behind any disinformation within the bloc.
The claim was also levelled against Russia.
Vĕra Jourová, a European commission vice-president, told reporters: “I believe if we have evidence we should not shy away from naming and shaming.
“What we also witnessed is a surge in narratives undermining our democracies and in effect our response to the crisis, for example, the claim there are secret US biological laboratories on former Soviet republics has been spread by both pro-Kremlin outlets, as well as Chinese officials and state media.
“I strongly believe that a geopolitically strong EU can only materialise if we are assertive.”
Earlier this year, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hinted the US army could have brought coronavirus to Wuhan.