New Delhi: Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan on September 22 claimed that the COVID-19 virus was developed in a government laboratory in Wuhan and said that the World Health Organization (WHO) is very much part of the cover-up.

In an interview with WION, she also said that the Chinese government was aware of the spread of COVID-19. She also asserted that she has scientific proof to ascertain the claim.

The top scientist who is working in Hong Kong claimed that she discovered a cover-up operation during her probe and said that the Chinese government was aware about the spread of the virus before publicly acknowledging it.

She had become the whistleblower against the Chinese government over its handling of the pandemic. In December last year, she was tasked with looking into a closer of Sars like cases coming out of mainland China. She was allegedly forced to flee to the United States over safety concerns.

According to the Chinese virologist, Wuhan's wet market is just a smokescreen from the Chinese Communist Party. She also claimed that the Chinese government is trying to tarnish her reputation through social media, and is conducting cyber-attacks on her to intimidate her family in China.

Dr Li fled to the United States in April fearing ill-treatment as a whistleblower after she claimed that China tried to cover up and silence anyone who raised the alarm when the outbreak first began in Wuhan, and said she would “publish proof the virus was made in a lab”.

Earlier on September 14, Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan had claimed that COVID-19 was made in a Wuhan laboratory. Yan, who was associated with the Hong Kong School of Public Health, had been researching the coronavirus for a long time. The Chinese virologist claimed that during her research she came across that coronavirus was developed in a laboratory in China.