New Delhi: China on Friday claimed that coronavirus first broke out in various parts of the world last year but it was the only one to have reported and acted first. Notably, this stands in opposition to the widely-held view that the deadly virus emanated from a wet market in Chinese city of Wuhan from bats or pangolins before infecting humans. Also Read - Mumbai Becomes India's First City With Over 10,000 Deaths Due to Coronavirus

Addressing a briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “the coronavirus is a new kind of virus as more and more facts emerge as reports reveal, we all know that the epidemic broke out in various places in the world at the end of last year, while China was the first to report the outbreak, identified the pathogen and shared the genome sequence with the world.” Also Read - Delhi Airport to Soon Start COVID-19 Testing For International Departures | Check Here Details

Hua’s comments came in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s allegations of a cover-up by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). Also Read - Intel Alert: China Occupying Nepal's Territory at 7 Bordering Districts

The coronavirus crisis was infinitely made worse by the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up, Pompeo had said in Tokyo at the QUAD ministerial meeting of the US, India, Australia and Japan on Tuesday.

The US has consistently blamed China for doing very little to contain the contagion after the first case of infection came to light. It has also alleged that COVID-19 emerged from a bio-lab in Wuhan, which China has time and again rejected.

According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected over 36 million people and killed more than 1 million across the world.

The US is the worst affected country with over 7.6 million cases and more than 2,12,000 deaths.

China has reported 90,736 cases and 4,739 deaths due to COVID-19.