The foreign minister of China said infections out of the nation may have triggered the COVID-19 disease outbreak, as Beijing steps up measures to reposition the disease narrative despite heightened criticism over the disease source.
China took “immediate actions to carry out the epidemiological investigation, identify the pathogen and publicize key information including the genome sequencing of the virus,” Wang said. “All this sounded alarm bells across the world.”
“More and more research suggests that the pandemic was likely to have been caused by separate outbreaks in multiple places in the world,” In statements reported over the weekend, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he had a discussion with the official Xinhua News Agency and the state broadcaster CCTV.
Comments from Wang come a year since the first reported cluster of novel cases of coronavirus appeared in the city center of Wuhan before it got spread across the globe. The nation was blamed for allegedly covering up the human-to-human spreading of the virus and for moving too slowly to avoid its dispersion, with doctors suspected of spreading misinformation by police who sounded the alarm on new mystery disease. With its mostly local spread, Beijing is stonewalling attempts to find out something more about the source of the virus.
China is also trying to recast its reaction and the virus’s prehistory. Officials and state television have conversely promoted hypotheses connecting Covid-19 with the U.S. military, that perhaps the virus may have reached China on transported frozen food and hopped on studies indicating pre-dated cases in Wuhan in the U.S. and Italy.
The U.S., led by President Donald Trump, has added to the discussion’s politicization, advancing one hypothesis that suggests that the virus could have been released by a laboratory in Wuhan, either inadvertently or deliberately.
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In the conversation, Wang said China had “actively engaged” in the international solution to the disease outbreak. “We have stood at the forefront of fighting misinformation, rebutting attempts of politicization and stigmatization,” he said. “We were determined to make sure that the objective narrative and collective memory of the battle against the pandemic would not be distorted by lies.”
While WHO experts have been to China in the past year, they have not been allowed to reach Wuhan, the actual epicenter of the pandemic. A body spokesman said last month that the WHO hoped that its expert group investigating the origins would be willing to view the city in January. China also imposed trade constraints on Australia after calling for an impartial inquiry into the origins of the outbreak.