Revealed: Shocking images of Wuhan scientists handling bats without safety precautions

First Published 4, May 2020, 4:52 PM

Deleted photographs from the website of the Wuhan Institute of Virology have reignited conspiracy theories over the source of the coronavirus pandemic

<p>Days after a spy dossier accused China of intentionally destroying evidence of the coronavirus outbreak, a new report claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology deleted pictures from its website that showed scientists handling bat samples without any safety precautions.</p>

Days after a spy dossier accused China of intentionally destroying evidence of the coronavirus outbreak, a new report claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology deleted pictures from its website that showed scientists handling bat samples without any safety precautions.

<p>The images - which reveal a shocking lack of safety - were taken down by the Wuhan Institute of Virology after diplomats and scientists raised the alarm about its work.<br />
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The images - which reveal a shocking lack of safety - were taken down by the Wuhan Institute of Virology after diplomats and scientists raised the alarm about its work.
 

<p>According to reports, one worker admitted being sprayed with bat blood or urine as images showed staff brazenly collecting samples with no face masks or protective suits.</p>

According to reports, one worker admitted being sprayed with bat blood or urine as images showed staff brazenly collecting samples with no face masks or protective suits.

<p>A leaked US intelligence report says China lied about human-to-human transmission of coronavirus, made whistleblowers disappear – and refused to help develop a vaccine.</p>

A leaked US intelligence report says China lied about human-to-human transmission of coronavirus, made whistleblowers disappear – and refused to help develop a vaccine.

<p>US and British intelligence officials suspect bungling scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology accidentally spread the killer disease during risky coronavirus tests on bats.<br />
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US and British intelligence officials suspect bungling scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology accidentally spread the killer disease during risky coronavirus tests on bats.
 

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And it appears to have also removed all reference to a visit in March 2018 by Rick Switzer, a science and technology expert from the US embassy in Beijing who then raised the alert.</p>


And it appears to have also removed all reference to a visit in March 2018 by Rick Switzer, a science and technology expert from the US embassy in Beijing who then raised the alert.

<p>Incredibly some scientists didn’t even wear gloves as they entered caves to collect fecal bat swab samples, beaming for the camera and oblivious to the dangers.</p>

Incredibly some scientists didn’t even wear gloves as they entered caves to collect fecal bat swab samples, beaming for the camera and oblivious to the dangers.

<p>As a result of his visit, cables were sent to the US State Department from the embassy warning about the risks of experiments on bats.</p>

As a result of his visit, cables were sent to the US State Department from the embassy warning about the risks of experiments on bats.

<p>US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he had seen intelligence that gave him a "high degree of confidence'" that the global crisis had its origins in the institute.</p>

US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he had seen intelligence that gave him a "high degree of confidence'" that the global crisis had its origins in the institute.

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It was claimed that COVID-19 was "developed in the Wuhan lab as China hoped to prove it's greater than the US at battling deadly diseases".</p>

 
It was claimed that COVID-19 was "developed in the Wuhan lab as China hoped to prove it's greater than the US at battling deadly diseases".

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