Chinese minister Zhao Lijian gesturing next to a coronavirus vial

It has been almost a year since China reported the first cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan. It marked the appearance of a new virus that will then become a pandemic months after its announcement. 

However, it seems that China, which has since been able to curb the virus, is also increasing its campaign to question the virus’s origin in China, the Guardian reported. 

The Blame Game Continues 

According to the Guardian, Chinese state media, People’s Daily, claimed that all “available evidence” suggests the virus did not start in China. 

The Daily quoted, Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist saying, the virus was first detected in Wuhan. However, it did not originate there. 

According to India.com, China has already blamed Italy, the US, and Europe for COVID-19. Now, it has shifted the blame to India. 

A Chinese Academy of Sciences team argues the virus began in the summer of 2019, in India. 

According to the team, the virus may have jumped from animals to humans through contaminated water. Eventually, the virus traveled to Wuhan without China noticing. 

China’s blame against India came amidst the political tensions between the two countries on the disputed Himalayan border. 

Tensions between the two on the border have been running high since June. 

During that month, 20 Indians died after a clash between the two countries. 

An exhausted health worker in removing her PPE

What the Foreign Ministry Says

In a recent Press Conference, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, emphasized the possibility of the virus not originating from China. 

Although he did not mention any countries, he said “origin-tracing” of the virus is a “complex matter of science.”

He added, the process of tracing COVID-19’s origin is ongoing now. He also hopes other countries will cooperate with the WHO in this effort. 

What the WHO Says

Last week, the WHO said during a virtual briefing in Geneva that it would be “highly speculative” to say that COVID-19 did not originate from China. 

According to WHO expert, Mike Ryan, the investigation starts where you first reported the first human case.