After blaming Italy, US and Europe for the COVID- 19 outbreak, Chinese scientists are now claiming that the deadly virus may have originated in India or Bangladesh during the summer of 2019 since both of them have recorded samples with low mutations and are geographic neighbours. As the World Health Organisation (WHO) is gearing up to investigate the origin of the Covid-19 virus, Chinese scientists have come up with this new theory so as to divert the international attention towards India.
The research titled ‘The Early Cryptic Transmission and Evolution of Sars-Cov-2 in Human Hosts’ is helmed by a team of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and claims that the COVID-19 virus most likely originated in India in summer 2019. According to this theory, the virus jumped from animals to humans via contaminated water, before travelling unnoticed to Wuhan, where it was first detected.
This theory however contradicts the general theory among scientists that the virus originated in the wet markets of Wuhan. China has been claiming for a while now that the first detection of COVID- 19 cases in Wuhan does not mean it originated there.
The scientists have argued that their method of the investigation has ruled out that the virus found in Wuhan is the ‘original’ virus, and instead points to eight other countries: Bangladesh, US, Greece, Australia, India, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia or Serbia.
However, David Robertson, an expert from Glasgow University, has rejected this claim and called the theory proposed by the Chinese researchers ‘very flawed’. He concluded that ‘it adds nothing to our understanding of coronavirus’.