- A Chinese official claims the U.S may have brought coronavirus to China
- In recent days, Chinese officials and a prominent health expert have claimed that the virus didn't originate from China
- Some senior U.S officials have been referring to coronavirus as 'Wuhan virus' in recent times
A Chinese foreign ministry official says the U.S. Army may have had a role in spreading coronavirus.
“It might be U.S army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesman, said in a tweet.
“Be transparent! Make public your data! The US owes us an explanation!” he added.
He later followed up with another tweet urging his 284,000 followers to share an article arguing that the virus originated in the U.S.
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Asked about the claim, Geng Shuang, another foreign ministry spokesman, said “the origin of the virus can only be determined by science” and expressed hope the issue would not be used to “stigmatize” any country.
In recent days, Chinese officials and a prominent health expert have claimed that the virus may have originated elsewhere while Beijing has angrily hit back at US officials for calling the disease the "Wuhan virus."
The foreign ministry has rejected the term describing its as "despicable" and "disrespecting science."
President Donald Trump had earlier blamed China for the virus as the outbreak slams global stock markets and threatens to push the world into recession.
More than 130,000 people have been infected by the virus and nearly 5,000 have died across the world so far.
The wife of Canadian prime minister Sophie Trudeau is one of the prominent people who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Mrs Trudeau announced on Thursday, March 12 that she had tested positive for the viral disease and plans to remain in isolation for the next two weeks.
“Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon,” she said in a statement.
Already, hundreds of international flights have been cancelled due to the outbreak of coronavirus as many international airlines have seen bookings slump because of concerns over the viral disease.
Two of the United Kingdom’s biggest airlines have announced hundreds more flight cancellations due to the disease. While Ryanair is cutting its timetable by a quarter, British Airways has called off more than 400 journeys.
In Nigeria, the federal government has given a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of yellow card as a requirement for travel.
The new policy is seen as a precautionary measure for Nigeria to track and contain possible cases of coronavirus as the viral disease spreads rapidly globally.
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