China is using a new study on the early, covert spread of coronavirus in Italy to question the assertion that the Asian country is the birthplace of the pandemic, according to reports.
Officials in Beijing are pushing for a new study that suggests the infection may have spread to the European nation as early as September, three months before it was confirmed that it was spreading to the long-established epicenter in the Chinese city of Wuhan. .
Earlier, the Asian country questioned Spain about the origins of the pandemic, as well as the US military, claiming that it brought the virus to Wuhan last October during the World War Games, the report said.
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Chinese state media have been pushing for the idea that a new study by the National Cancer Institute proves that the infection probably started in Italy and not in China, according to the British newspaper.
“This once again shows that tracing the source of the virus is a complex scientific issue that should be left to scientists,”
The World Health Organization has acknowledged that the virus may have “quietly circulated elsewhere” before being found in Wuhan.
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However, many scientists are skeptical of the findings of the Italian study – and others note that it does not exclude the coronavirus originating in China.
“We know that China has delayed announcing its outbreak, so it is unclear when it started there, and China has very strong trade ties with northern Italy,” Giovanni Apollone of the National Cancer Institute in Milan told the UK Times.