Chinese media tried to `push` the origin of Covid-19 abroad
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Chinese media tried to `push` the origin of Covid-19 abroad

(Dan Tri) – Chinese media outlets are said to be actively propagating messages that the SARS-CoV-2 virus appeared abroad before it was discovered late last year in Wuhan.

A medical worker takes a Covid-19 test sample in Dalian, Liaoning in July (Photo: Reuters)

In November 2019, the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in Wuhan city, Hubei, China.

Currently, China – the first epidemic area in the world – has controlled the epidemic.

`Experts say Covid-19 may not have started in Wuhan but may have originated from frozen food and packaging (imported from abroad),` People’s Daily wrote on Facebook on November 25.

Unlike other countries, China believes that frozen food packaging is a threat to spreading Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper, propagated a theory that Covid-19 originated outside of China.

Mr. Zeng, who worked as an epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control, said that the fact that Covid-19 was first discovered in Wuhan shows the strength of China’s infectious disease prevention system.

According to Reuters, speculation and conspiracy theories about the origin of Covid-19 broke out due to China’s restriction of providing information at the time of the outbreak in Wuhan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also stated that it is unclear whether Covid-19 originated in the country or not, while Beijing’s diplomatic department has objected to countries saying that China is the source of the epidemic.

Chinese media has recently actively published information from foreign researchers hypothesizing that Covid-19 may have appeared in Italy since October 2019 or that it was discovered in sewage in Italy.

However, the above studies have been criticized by Western scholars, saying they are too certain assertions and lack sufficient evidence to draw conclusions.

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