Coronavirus accidentally leaked by an intern in Wuhan lab: US media
Wuhan : The United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday acknowledged a report by Fox News which claimed that the novel coronavirus may have been accidentally leaked by an intern working at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
The Fox News in an exclusive report based on unnamed sources has claimed that though the virus is a naturally occurring strain among bats and not a bioweapon, but it was being studied in Wuhan laboratory.
The initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, the news channel said, adding that the "patient zero" worked at the laboratory. The lab employee was first infected and then it got spread among the other humans outside lab in Wuhan city.
The news report mentioned that China used the wet market to deflect the blame from laboratory. It has been claimed that the virus emerged from one of the wet markets in Wuhan; interestingly the wet markets do not sell bats.
The virus was being studied in the lab as an attempt by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to "demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States," Fox News said quoting multiple sources.
A Fox News reporter at the daily White House briefing asked Donald Trump to react on the report as the US has been continuously believing that it is not a manmade disease, while the report suggests that it emanated from a virology lab in Wuhan, that, because of lax safety protocols, an intern was infected, who later infected her boyfriend, and then went to the wet market in Wuhan, where it then began to spread.
President Trump neither confirmed nor denied the report, but noted that "more and more we're hearing the story a" and we'll see." "We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened," the President added.