Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said evidence that the coronavirus emerged in
multiple locations around the world is growing, although China was the first
country to report the pathogen.
more research has shown that the pandemic is likely to have emerged in many
places around the world, he said in an interview with Chinese official news
agency Xinhua. "We raced to report the epidemic first," said Wang Yi,
also Chinese state councillor.
comments echo those of some of China's top health officials and state media, as
the government has sought to reshape the narrative on the origin of the virus,
reports the Chinese daily South China
China identified the first case in Wuhan
on Dec 31, 2019
identified the first cases of a then unknown pneumonia-type disease in Wuhan on
December 31, 2019, and soon after closed down a seafood market from where it
was thought to have originated, the Chinese media reports.
insisted it had found no evidence of human-to-human transmissions until three
weeks later, a claim that sparked widespread criticism from the West, which
accused China of a cover-up, it said.