The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy since September 2019, months before first official case reported in Wuhan.
Now that the election is over, and the media is portraying Biden as the “President Elect” despite looming legal challenges by President Donald Trump, China appears to be looking to lay blame elsewhere for the coronavirus pandemic.
That way, the nation can come in and resume its American-prosperity-draining relationship with what the Chinese hope to be a more friendly administration without the taint of initiating a series of biological release response actions to a new pathogen that guaranteed the virus would circuit the globe.
Reports indicate that China is using a new “study” about the an alleged “hidden spread” of coronavirus, naming Italy as the birthplace of the Wuhan coronavirus.
Officials in Beijing are pushing a new study that suggests the contagion may have been spreading in the European nation as early as September — three months before it was confirmed to be spreading in the long-assumed epicenter in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the Times of London noted.
The Asian nation has also previously questioned Spain about the origins of the pandemic, as well as the US military, claiming it brought the virus to Wuhan in October last year during the Military World Games, the report said.
Chinese state media have now been strongly pushing the idea that the new study by the National Cancer Institute proves that the contagion likely started in Italy, not China, according to the UK paper.
The World Health Organization officially reports that the new coronavirus and Covid-19, the respiratory disease it causes, were unknown before the first cases were reported in Wuhan, in central China, in December, 2019. We began covering the outbreaks in January of this year. Italy’s first Covid-19 patient was first officially recorded in February.
However, the Italian research team looked at samples from patients in a lung cancer screening program and determined the first exposure to the coronavirus likely occurred in September of 2019.
A further specific SARS-CoV-2 antibodies test was carried out by the University of Siena for the same research titled “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the pre-pandemic period in Italy”.
It showed that four cases dated back to the first week of October were also positive for antibodies neutralizing the virus, meaning they had got infected in September, Giovanni Apolone, a co-author of the study, told Reuters.
“This is the main finding: people with no symptoms not only were positive after the serological tests but had also antibodies able to kill the virus,” Apolone said.
“It means that the new coronavirus can circulate among the population for long and with a low rate of lethality not because it is disappearing but only to surge again,” he added.
However, what the study revealed was that the virus was spreading beyond China earlier than originally thought.
“We know that China delayed announcing its outbreak.
“So there is no telling when it started there, and China has very strong commercial links with northern Italy,” said Giovanni Apolone, at Milan’s National Cancer Institute.
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Author: Leslie Eastman