The British government has received an intelligence report that coronavirus was first transmitted from a Chinese lab to animals and from there it spread to humans, taking a deadly form. While Beijing claims the biological agent spread from the Wuhan meat market, agencies around the world are not convinced. Different governments have instituted probes to find out the cause of the spread of the virus.
Top British government sources say while humans may have acquired the virus from animal meat, some Chinese labs introduced the virus to the animal world. According to a Daily Mail report, a member of the Cabinet Office Briefing Room A (COBRA), an emergency committee formed by Boris Johnson, said that intelligence information was received last night, according to which there is no doubt that the virus was spread by animals; at the same time, a lab of the Wuhan Institute of Virology deliberately introduced the virus to the animal kingdom.
The British security service has given detailed information in this regard to COBRA. It said, “There is a credible alternative view [to the zoonotic theory] based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted.”
The Institute of Virology is situated in Wuhan. It is the most advanced lab in China. This institute is located about 17 km from the meat market.
Chinese newspaper People’s
There were also unconfirmed reports that blood samples of the employees of the institute were found infected before the local population acquired the infection.
British intelligence agencies have found out further that the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control, less than 5 km away from the market, conducted experiments on animals such as bats to detect how coronavirus transmits from one species to another.
Recently, president of the International Court of Justice Adish Aggarwala moved the UN Human Rights Commission against China for subjecting the world to the coronavirus pandemic deliberately.
In 2004, a leaked SARS (Severe and Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus had caused an epidemic, which began as an outbreak, killing one person and infecting nine others. The Chinese government had then excused itself with the alibi that it had happened due to negligence and that it had punished five senior officials.