The deadly coronavirus claiming thousands of lives across the world is said to have originated from a lab in Wuhan China where the virus first broke out. Up to date, statistics reveal that over 43000 confirmed cases and over 10000 deaths had been reported globally with China being the most affected by the Coronavirus disease ( COVID-19). As more information leaks out to the public, there is a growing concern that coronavirus is a human-made bioweapon.
A few yards away from the Wuhan seafood market, where the first patient contracted the virus is the Wuhan Virology Institute which the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), describes as China’s first Biosafety Level 4 Lab that researches the most dangerous pathogens.
A recent study conducted by the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology concluded that coronavirus could have been a mistake that happened at the lab and that it is possible that the virus leaked and infected the initial patients in this epidemic, although the evidence is not conclusive on its own.
The unusual characteristics of coronavirus have raised more suspicions that the virus could be a biological weapon. China has been accused of suppressing information about the virus, as its government has been clamping down on coronavirus-information leaving the country by harassing whistleblowers. When the SARS coronavirus broke out in China in the early 2000s, the government initially covered it up. One doctor whistleblower was arrested among his friends for raising the alarm on the potential of coronavirus and charged with misinforming the public but later died of the virus. “Now, we don’t have evidence that this disease originated there, but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning we need to at least ask the question. This virus did not originate in the Wuhan animal market,” said America’s senator, Tom Cotton.
The Chinese government has been trying to handle the situation on its own, but it is struggling to get it under control, as it has been forced to cancel major events in its calendar.