COVID-19: rumors and the truth about China (people’s daily, China)

Currently, the coronavirus COVID-19 distributed worldwide. Reports on the origin and spread of SARS-CoV-2 a lot of different statements, which do not correspond to the facts. On 24 April the website of the Embassy of China in Germany has published an article entitled “COVID-19: Rumors and truth about China.” The website “zhenminvan” prepared the main content of this article.

First hearing: a new type of coronavirus created in Chinese lab.

The truth is: all the existing evidence points to a natural origin of the virus. A new type of coronavirus is a new kind of known to all in the last few decades of the coronavirus. The world Health Organization (who) noted that all the existing evidence about the natural origins of the virus. Currently, the scientific world still has not given a specific explanation of natural origin, coronavirus, offering only speculation about a possible connection of this virus with bats and Chinese pangolins.

Director of the Institute of Virology, Charite Berlin Professor Christian Drosten (Christian Drosten) in conjunction with the 26 international scientists in February this year, issued a statement in the British scientific journal the Lancet, condemning the theory about the artificial origin of a new type of coronavirus.

The second hearing: a new type of coronavirus was the result of a lab incident in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The truth is: the Institute of Virology of Wuhan has nothing to do with the origin of a new type of coronavirus.

State key laboratory on Biosafety Institute of Virology of Wuhan of Chinese Academy of Sciences has a certified level of protection P4 (in Europe, this level BSL-4), capable of handling the most deadly pathogens. This laboratory is located 30 km from the centre of Wuhan, the virus can seep out of the lab with such high security level.

Director of the division of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, researcher at the Institute of Virology of Wuhan yuan Jimin April 18 in an interview CGTN noted that Wuhan Institute of Virology — not the source of a new type of coronavirus. 30 December 2019, to get the first test samples of patients with the new coronavirus pneumonia, in the laboratory of Institute of Virology of Wuhan, it was not. Up to the present time at the Institute was not infected COVID-19.

The third hearing: a new type of coronavirus is a Chinese virus that originates in Wuhan.

However: the official name of the new type of coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2. Wuhan was the place, where was registered the first case of the disease, but this does not mean that he is the source of the virus.

In December, 2019 in Wuhan was the first reported case of infection by new type of coronavirus, but then it was called pneumonia of unknown origin. Until now, no scientific conclusions about the exact source of the virus. Historically, the place where the virus was first discovered, has not often been its source.

Hearing fourth: in mid-November in China, an outbreak of the epidemic, however, the country was hiding the relevant data for 45 days.

The truth is: 27 December 2019 the authorities of China for the first time received a report on pneumonia of unknown origin. 31 December 2019 was published the first warning about the epidemic.

Rumor five: China for a long time hid the truth about the epidemic of a new type of coronavirus, which is why the outbreak occurred all over the world.

Truth: China in the first place notified the people and community of the world, in a short time has taken strict measures to control and prevention of the epidemic, leaving the rest of the countries at least six weeks to prepare.

China immediately complied with its obligation to notify who of the new epidemiological situation. 8 APR the who on its official website published a chronology of action against COVID-19.