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Covid’s origin: China refuses a new WHO investigation on its soil

China on Friday rejected the call of the World Health Organization (WHO) for a new investigation on its territory to seek the origins of Covid-19, urging a “scientific” and not “political” approach.

Pressure has increased on Beijing in recent hours over the pandemic, which has already claimed more than 4 million lives worldwide and damaged much of the world’s economies.

The WHO on Thursday urged all countries to publish “all data on the virus”. An appeal addressed in particular to China, where the leak of the coronavirus from a laboratory in Wuhan, the city where it was detected at the end of 2019, remains a possibility.

The first coronavirus patients were identified at the end of 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan (center). The virus has since spread across the planet, killing more than 4 million to date.

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Scientists are struggling to trace its origin. Transmission from an animal? Leak from a Chinese laboratory? This last hypothesis is firmly opposed by Beijing, which does not want to appear to be responsible for the pandemic.

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