Bhubaneswar: The Chinese scientists have made shocking claims that the deadly COVID-19 actually originated from India.
A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences argues that the virus likely originated in India in the summer of 2019; jumping from animals to humans via contaminated water. They say it then travelled unnoticed to Wuhan, where it was first detected.
The research, entitled ‘The Early Cryptic Transmission and Evolution of Sars-Cov-2 in Human Hosts’, challenges the general theory among scientists that the virus originated in the wet markets of Wuhan. China has been claiming that just because corona cases were first reported in Wuhan, does not mean the contagion originated from there.
In their paper, the Chinese team use phylogenetic analysis to trace the origins of COVID-19. Viruses, like all cells, mutate as they reproduce, meaning tiny changes occur in their DNA each time they replicate themselves, according to a DailyMail report.
Such unverified claims are nothing new since the Chinese authorities have earlier pointed the finger of blame to Italy, the US and Europe, largely without evidence to support such claims. The accusation comes in the backdrop of escalated border-related tensions between India and China.
A Glasgow University expert, David Robertson found the argument by the Chinese Academy of Sciences team “flawed”, said the DailyMail report. He said it “added nothing” to their understanding of Covid and that the Chinese approach was “inherently biased”.