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Media Does U-Turn on Wuhan Lab Theory
Media Does U-Turn
on Wuhan Lab Theory
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Media Does U-Turn on Wuhan Lab Theory

The idea that COVID escaped from a Chinese laboratory is now very much in play

(Newser) - The origins of COVID-19 remain under investigation. But anyone following stories on the topic has likely noticed a big shift in consensus over the last few weeks: The idea that the virus escaped from a lab in China, once generally denounced as a conspiracy theory, is now very much in...

Staff at Wuhan Lab Got Sick in November 2019

With COVID-like symptoms, though it's not clear what illness they had

(Newser) - There has long been debate over the origin of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, with the WHO declaring it "extremely unlikely" that the virus leaked from a laboratory. Yet many remain unconvinced by the organization's official conclusion, which is that the virus simply jumped from a bat to...

COVID Jumped From Bats to Animal to Humans: WHO

Joint report with China finds that virus likely didn't originate in a lab

(Newser) - A joint China-World Health Organization study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely," according to a draft obtained by the AP . The findings offer...

Few Agree With Redfield on Virus Origin: 'That's Fine'

Ex-director of CDC acknowledges the lab theory isn't backed by evidence

(Newser) - A former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has circled back to a widely rejected theory about the origins of the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Redfield said he believes the most likely explanation is that the pathogen escaped somehow from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, the New York ...

WHO Ends Wuhan Mission, Pinpoints Likely Coronavirus Origins

Experts say it's not likely the virus leaked from a Chinese lab, but jumped from animal to humans

(Newser) - The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization expert said Tuesday. WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek made the assessment at the end of a visit to...

China Angry Over T-Shirt Order by Embassy Staffer

The incident underscores the sour relation between Canada and China

(Newser) - China has made a formal complaint to Canada over T-shirts ordered by a Canadian Embassy staffer in Beijing that allegedly mocked China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports, in an apparent mix-up between the city of Wuhan and the American hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Foreign Ministry spokesperson...

WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virus Lab
WHO Team Visits
Wuhan Virus Lab

WHO Team Visits Wuhan Virus Lab

Institute has been at the center of speculation

(Newser) - World Health Organization investigators on Wednesday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one member saying they'd intended to meet key staff and press them on critical issues. The WHO team's...

WHO Team Out of Quarantine, Starts Digging on COVID Mystery

Experts are on fact-finding mission in China on the origins of the coronavirus

(Newser) - A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers, who were required to isolate for 14 days after arriving in China, left...

COVID Investigators Arrive at Suspected Ground Zero

WHO team is trying to find origin of pandemic

(Newser) - A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was...

WHO: China Blocked Our Team From Wuhan

But Beijing rep says arrangements are still being made

(Newser) - A team tasked with tracing the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan has been denied entry into China, according to the World Health Organization. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday he was "very disappointed" that visa clearances had not been issued as "two members had already begun...

Wuhan's Real Total Might Have Been Much Higher

500K might have had the virus, though study suggests containment efforts succeeded

(Newser) - In April, health officials reported 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, where the disease was first discovered. New data released Monday suggests the true total in the early days of the pandemic might have been 10 times higher in the city of 11 million people, Bloomberg reports. The study...

China Grants Access to Team Tracking COVID Source

International scientists will start search in Wuhan

(Newser) - A World Health Organization team investigating the source of COVID-19 will visit Wuhan next month, more than a year after the first cases were detected in the central China city. It has taken many months of negotiations for the international team of scientists to be granted access to the city,...

This Is What It Looks Like in Wuhan Right Now

City water park hosts pool parties as threat of virus wanes

(Newser) - To those of us in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak, the photos are staggering. Hundreds of people crammed into a pool. Physical distancing looks basically impossible. But in China, where the spread of COVID-19 has been all but eradicated, this is a good time. Some in Wuhan, the epicenter...

An Unprecedented Campaign to Test a City in Just 19 Days

Only 300 infections were detected in Wuhan

(Newser) - The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city. It identified just 300 positive cases, all of whom had no symptoms, reports the AP . The city found no infections...

At Virus' Ground Zero, a '10-Day Battle'

New COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, China, to prompt testing for all 11M residents

(Newser) - Until this weekend, Wuhan hadn't had a new coronavirus case since early April. Now, with six new cases on the books, the Chinese city where the pandemic began is taking steps to prevent a new outbreak, starting with plans to test all 11 million of its residents. The BBC...

Wuhan Has First New Case Since April 3
Wuhan Ends a Streak

Wuhan Ends a Streak

Epicenter city hadn't reported a new case of coronavirus since April 3

(Newser) - The Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of a global pandemic, ended its lengthy streak of no new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, reporting a new patient for the first time since April 3. The man is in critical condition and being cited as caused by "past community infection,...

Fauci Doesn't Agree With Pompeo's Theory on Virus

He doesn't think it started in a Chinese lab

(Newser) - The idea that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab is gaining traction in the White House , with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserting that "enormous evidence" exists to support the idea. Anthony Fauci, however, isn't one of the believers. In an interview with National Geographic , Fauci first...

Accusations Are Flying Between US and China
Accusations Are Flying
Between US and China
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Accusations Are Flying Between US and China

White House insists virus originated in Wuhan lab, and Beijing fires back

(Newser) - Relations between the US and China seem to be getting worse by the day, as Beijing pushes back against renewed White House insistence that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading the White House charge, and he's taking the brunt of criticism...

Trump: 'Yes, I Have' Seen Evidence Linking Virus to Lab

President gave no further details, however

(Newser) - Asked outright whether he has seen evidence linking the novel coronavirus to a Wuhan laboratory, President Trump's answer was both succinct ("Yes, I have") and mystifying ("I can’t tell you that. I am not allowed to tell you that," he said later when asked...

Intelligence Agencies Issue Rare Statement on Coronavirus

They are investigating origins, but don't think it was manmade

(Newser) - It's not often that US spy agencies issue a statement telling everyone what they're working on. But given the competing theories about where in Wuhan the coronavirus originated, and a New York Times report about the Trump administration pressuring the agencies to investigate one of them, the agencies...

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