China takes another U-turn, says coronavirus had 'multiple origins'

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2020

China's National Health Commission (NHC) said no new locally transmitted coronavirus case was reported on Tuesday.

According to official data, the city of Wuhan conducted 6.5 million nucleic acid tests and will apply them to the remaining 4.6 million in the next few days.

Residents who have not been tested before, and people living in residential compounds with previous cases of infection, or old or densely populated estates were prioritised in the ambitious testing regime.

PREMIUM TIMES, citing a widely circulated document from Wuhan's anti-virus department, reported how the campaign was kick-started on May 12 after six new cases were recorded more than a month after no infections had been seen in the entire city.

As per the Chinese scientists, they dismissed the reports which claim that the SARS-CoV-2 originated in the Wuhan seafood market before paralyzing the whole world.

Chinese scientists say the coronavirus didn't originate at a live animal market or a laboratory in Wuhan, pushing back against USA officials over where the pandemic began, according to a report.

China is resisting mounting pressure from the USA and the leaders of many countries for an inquiry into the origin of the virus.

There has been no direct evidence that the cross-species COVID-19 transmission originally occurred in the Huanan market in Wuhan, although it was a probable place for human-to-human transmission of the virus because of its relatively high crowd density, a researcher of the team, who preferred to be anonymous, told state-run Global Times.

According to Chinese news agency Kaixin, to test quickly and extensively, Wuhan health officials tested some samples taken from multiple people in a single tube - a technique known as "pool testing".

The appearances are part of wider efforts by Beijing to deflect growing criticism over its coverup of the outbreak and lack of transparency, which potentially exacerbated how the disease spread.

China has also embarked on a serological survey to determine the true scale of its outbreak. Viruses were only found in environmental samples, including sewage, wrote the People's Daily.

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