17th February 2020 – (China) Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology concluded that ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan’. It points to research on bats and respiratory diseases carried by the animals at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WHCDC) and the Wuhan Institute of Virology and WCDC is just located 300 yards away from the Huanan seafood market.
According to the Daily Mail in U.K., an exposé from the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology says that WHCDC was carrying out research on 605 bats and other animals infected with respiratory diseases which triggered the COVID-19 outbreak.
The report says: ‘Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).’
It describes how the only native bats are found around 600 miles away from the Wuhan seafood market and that the probability of bats flying from Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces was minimal.
In addition there is little to suggest the local populace eat the bats as evidenced by testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors. Instead the authors point to research being carried out within a few hundred yards at the WHCDC.
One of the researchers at the WHCDC described quarantining himself for two weeks after a bat’s blood got on his skin, according to the report. That same man also quarantined himself after a bat urinated on him.
And he also mentions discovering a live tick from a bat – parasites known for their ability to pass infections through a host animal’s blood. ‘The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital (Figure 1, bottom) where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.’ The report says.
‘It is plausible that the virus leaked around and some of them contaminated the initial patients in this epidemic, though solid proofs are needed in future study.’
And as well as the WHCDC, the report suggests that the Wuhan Institute of Virology could also have eaked the virus, as has previously been reported by MailOnline.
‘This laboratory reported that the Chinese horseshoe bats were natural reservoirs for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which caused the 2002-3 pandemic,’ the report says.
‘The principle investigator participated in a project which generated a chimeric virus using the SARS-CoV reverse genetics system, and reported the potential for human emergence 10. A direct speculation was that SARS-CoV or its derivative might leak from the laboratory.’
The report concludes that ‘the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.’ It comes as the outbreak has infected more than 69,000 people globally, with 1,665 deaths in China – most of these in the central province of Hubei.