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China rejects call for probe into origins of virus

China rejects call for probe into origins of virus

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Apr 26, 2020 - 15:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): China has rejected calls for an independent international investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, media reported on Sunday.

After emerging in the Wuhan city of China last December, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to at least 200 countries, affecting millions of individuals.

In the initial weeks, mostly Chinese people were infected and killed by the virus, which has now been controlled by Beijing. But the disease is currently spreading rapidly in Europe and America.

Statistics showed on Sunday nearly three million people have been infected worldwide and 200,008 have died from the disease -- most of them in European countries and the US.

A top diplomat in the UK, Chen Wen told the media that the demands were politically motivated and would divert China’s attention from fighting the pandemic.

Information about the origin of Covid-19 and how it initially spread could help countries tackle the disease.

Meanwhile, a European Union report accused China of spreading disinformation about the crisis.

The bloc's Externalinfo-icon Action Service says Russia, and to a lesser extent China, have "targeted conspiracy narratives" in the EU and neighbouring countries.

US President Donald Trump has also repeatedly attacked China for its handling of the outbreak. The state of Missouri is suing the Chinese government, accusing it of doing little to stop the spread of the virus.

Scientists have poured cold water on speculation that the virus could have been engineered in a Wuhan laboratory.

Almost from the start of the pandemic, there have been calls for international investigators to be allowed into China to find out how it all started.

This week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would push for an investigation at the annual meeting next month of the Worldinfo-icon Healthinfo-icon Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Australia sits on the executive board of the assembly.

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