China found Covid-like virus in 2013 and kept it stored in Wuhan lab
As World Health Organisation scientists prepare to enter China on the trail of the coronavirus, an Insight investigation reveals that an almost identical virus had been stored in a Wuhan lab since 2013
The world’s closest known match to the Covid-19 virus was found seven years ago by Chinese scientists in an abandoned mine where it was linked to deaths caused by a coronavirus-type respiratory illness.
An investigation by The Sunday Times has found evidence that China has failed to publicly share this crucial information about the sister virus to Covid-19, even though it is the strongest lead in the hunt for the origin of the pandemic.
The “new strain” of coronavirus, which was discovered in the mine in 2013, has been stored for years at a virology lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the Covid-19 pandemic started at the end of last year.
Covid-Like Virus Was Sent to Wuhan in 2013, Sunday Times Says
Bubonic plague case puts Mongolians on alert
A city in the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia has been put on alert over a suspected case of bubonic plague.
A herdsman has been quarantined and has been in a stable condition since the bacterial infection was reported on Saturday in Bayannur.
According to the state news agency Xinhua, a “level three” warning for plague prevention was issued, the second lowest in a four-level system. It bans the hunting and eating of animals that can carry the plague, such as marmots. The warning is to remain in force until the end of the year.