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Coronavirus did not leak from China’s lab – Expert

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Written by Rey Jeremiah

The novel coronavirus is “extremely unlikely” to have leaked from a Chinese laboratory, Dutch Virologist, Marion Koopmans said after a tour to the central Chinese city of Wuhan to investigate the origin of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

At the beginning of 2021, a team of experts appointed by the WHO completed a 28-day mission to Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus that has caused the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The team concluded after visiting three labs in Wuhan, including the one close to the Huanan seafood market and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and discussed their research programmes.

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The team, after monitoring the way the market people work and health monitoring of their staff, also concluded, that “it’s extremely unlikely that there was a lab incidence.” The team leader, Koopmans had on Wednesday in a video dialogue published on the website of Chatham House, a London-headquartered policy institute that “We cannot work on the basis of speculation.

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“We work on the basis of the observations that we have,” she said, shattering the lab-leak theory and calling for science-based approaches. The scientist said the team does not completely rule out the possibility that the COVID-19 could be spread by packaging on frozen food. Koopmans mentioned a former experiment in which the virus could still be cultured back after being put on a fish and stored in a fridge for three weeks.

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