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Was coronavirus born in a China lab? Donald Trump says US investigation on

Was coronavirus born in a China lab? Donald Trump says US investigation on
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (Reuters)
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the daily coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington


As the source of the coronavirus remains a mystery, US President Donald Trump has said his government is trying to determine whether the virus emanated from a lab in Wuhan, China. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told China to come out clean on what they know about Covid-19.
At a White House news conference Trump was asked about the reports of the virus escaping from the Wuhan lab, and he said he was aware of them. "We are doing a very thorough examination of this horrible situation that happened," he said.
Pompeo conveyed the US position to his counterpart, Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat. "The Secretary stressed the need for full transparency and information sharing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future outbreaks," the State Department said.
China insists it has been transparent and has sharply criticized US officials who cast doubt on that. A senior Trump administration official last week said lives could be saved globally if China allowed the United States to work directly with laboratories in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began.
Tensions have increased again between the world's top two economies over the global pandemic, which has now infected more than 2 million people, as President Donald Trump has pulled U.S. funding for the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing it of being "China-centric."
Pompeo has also said the United Nations organization had failed to deliver on its promises. He has repeatedly accused Beijing of covering up the scale of the outbreak in the early days and not sharing accurate data.
Fox News reported that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China's effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States.
This report and others have suggested the Wuhan lab where virology experiments take place and lax safety standards there led to someone getting infected and appearing at a nearby "wet" market, where the virus began to spread.

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