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Study: Coronavirus May Have Started in Government Lab

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A nurse stands inside the finished but still unused building A2 of the Shanghai Public Clinical Center, where COVID-19 coronavirus patients will be quarantined, in Shanghai. (Noel Celis/ Pool via AFP Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 17 February 2020 09:37 AM

The coronavirus may have accidentally originated in a government laboratory a mere 300 yards from the Wuhan fish market where the authorities say the outbreak started, the Daily Mail has reported.

The report cites a South China University of Technology paper written by two Chinese scholars, which claims that the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WHCDC) could have been the place where it started. This is because the center had animals with diseases in laboratories, including more than 600 bats, which are linked to coronavirus.

As further proof, the scholars said that one of the WHCDC researchers quarantined himself after the blood of a bat got on his skin and another bat urinated on him.

The same researcher also said he discovered a live tick from a bat, which could explain how the infection was passed through the animal's blood.

As a possible further link in the evidence, the paper said that “The WHCDC also was adjacent to the Union Hospital, where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic,” explaining that “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.”

This paper follows the first scientific evidence revealed earlier this month that the virus definitely came from bats and is a type of SARS, which killed 774 people in 2002-2003, according to The Sun.

Other studies also have confirmed that the Wuhan coronavirus has the ability to spread more easily than SARS.

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The coronavirus may have accidentally originated in a government laboratory a mere 300 yards from the Wuhan fish market where the authorities say the outbreak started, the Daily Mail has reported.
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