Chinese doctor claims Covid ‘didn’t come from Wuhan, it was just detected there’

A Chinese scientist has denied that coronavirus originated in Wuhan – claiming it was just the first place it was detected.

The virus, which has been linked to a 'wet market' at the central Chinese city since it spread across the world earlier this year, has so far infected more than 56 million people and killed 1.34m.

But Zeng Guang, the former chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says that the killer virus is not Chinese in origin.

He said: “Wuhan was where the coronavirus was first detected but it was not where it originated.”

Mr. Guang added it was China's previous experience with the similarly devastating Sars has left a legacy of monitoring and detection that alerted them to coronavirus – and prompted their extreme measures to contain the mysterious new disease.

He said: "China has built a world-leading monitoring system to report unknown pneumonia since the outbreak of SARS in 2003. We always stay on high alert.

"Thanks to this system, we are able to become the first in the world to identify Covid-19."

His claims, published by The South China Morning Post, come shortly after another top Chinese scientist argued that the virus was in fact imported in to China through frozen meat – rather than the popular theory that it had 'jumped' from animals to humans due to unsanitary butchery methods at the city's wet market.

Scientists across the world are currently trying to unravel the origins of the devastating flu-like disease.

A new study has questioned when the virus first came in to circulation, after evidence of coronavirus antibodies were found in Italian lung cancer patient records from September 2019, a whole three months before the virus was noted in China, until March this year.

The UK is currently under a national lockdown in a bid to get on top of the virus ahead of Christmas, with hopes that a new vaccine could be the key to a more 'normal' 2021.

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