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First COVID outbreak deliberate, happened in October 2019 in Wuhan: Reports

According to ex-Chinese Communist Party insider Wei Jingsheng, the World Military Games in October 2019 may have served as the virus's first superspreader event.

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Beijing, First Published Sep 24, 2021, 3:27 PM IST
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A Chinese whistleblower, as per media sources, stated that the first COVID-19 breakout was deliberate and occurred in October 2019 during a military competition in Wuhan, two months before China alerted the rest of the world about the deadly virus. According to ex-Chinese Communist Party insider Wei Jingsheng, the World Military Games in October 2019 may have served as the virus's first superspreader event, with several foreign competitors allegedly being ill with a mystery disease, as reported by the Daily Mail. While the number of coronavirus cases in China increased, the nation only notified the outbreak to the World Health Organization on December 31.

The whistleblower claimed to have heard about the Chinese government conducting a "strange exercise during the games." He stated that he was aware of the potential of the Chinese government employing unusual weapons, including biological weapons since he was aware that such tests were being conducted.

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According to the article, Miles Yu, the former Principal China Adviser to the US State Department, backed up his assertions. Yu stated that French, German, and American athletes became ill with Covid-like symptoms but were never tested for the virus.

Jingsheng reportedly said that in November 2019, he expressed his worries about the emerging scenario to key individuals in the Trump administration but was disregarded, according to the article. He stated that he approached the government as rumours of a "new SARS virus" began to circulate on WeChat and other Chinese social media sites. Scientists are still debating whether Covid-19 evolved spontaneously or was spilled from a lab more than a year into the outbreak. According to the most current estimate released on Thursday by Johns Hopkins University, the global coronavirus caseload has reached 230 million, with over 4.71 million fatalities.

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