New Delhi: As World Health Organisation (WHO) team geares up to investigate the origin of the COVID-19 virus, Chinese scientists come up with a new story trying to divert the international attention towards India.
Without much evidence, China had also earlier blamed Italy, the US and Europe for the coronavirus outbreak.
In a new, the scientists have now blamed that the deadly virus has developed from India in the summer of 2019.
A team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences claim that the COVID-19 virus has most likely originated from the South Asian country.
Their theory suggests that the virus, jumped from animals to humans via contaminated water, before travelling unnoticed to Wuhan, where it was first detected.
The research, entitled ‘The Early Cryptic Transmission and Evolution of Sars-Cov-2 in Human Hosts’, challenges the general theory among scientists that the virus originated in the wet markets of Wuhan.
China has been claiming that just because corona cases were first reported in Wuhan, does not mean the contagion originated from there.
However, David Robertson, an expert from Glasgow University, has rejected this claim and called the theory proposed by the Chinese researchers was ‘very flawed’. He concluded that ‘it adds nothing to our understanding of coronavirus’.
And no wonder, the balme comes against a backdrop of increased political tensions between India and China, with troops attacking each-other along a disputed border. Viruses, like all cells, mutate as they reproduce, meaning tiny changes occur in their DNA each time they replicate themselves.
The scientists argue their method of the investigation rules out the virus found in Wuhan as the ‘original’ virus, and instead points to eight other countries: Bangladesh, the USA, Greece, Australia, India, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia or Serbia.
Despite the bizarre claims, coronavirus is believed to have first emerged in China in December 2019. To this end, the World Health Organisation’s top emergency expert said on Friday it would be “highly speculative” for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China, where it was first identified in a food market in December last year.