New Delhi: Amid worldwide scare over coronavirus, China’s foreign ministry official has fanned conspiracy theories that the US Army must have brought the epidemic to Wuhan. The United States has summoned China’s ambassador after China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted his conspiracy theory. Also Read - Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra Records Highest Number of Confirmed COVID Cases in India, Tally Rises to 31
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Zhao, in tweets in both Mandarin and English that gained wide traction on Chinese social media, a day earlier suggested that “patient zero” in the global pandemic may have come from the United States — not the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, where cases were first reported in late 2019.
Trump, speaking to reporters to announce a state of emergency over the pandemic, also dismissed the Chinese conspiracy theory when asked about it.
“They know where it came from. We all know where it came from,” said Trump, who also voiced confidence that the row would not affect a first-phase deal to resolve a trade war.
As the global death toll stands at 5,300, nations are fighting conspiracy theories being generated on social media platforms. According to the US, Russia is also spreading misinformation about the origin of the virus in the US. Meanwhile, Iran’s former president has written to the World Health Organisation urging an investigation into the “biological war against humanity” questioning why US adversaries China and Iran have been hit so badly.