US intelligence agencies believe that coronavirus, which first appeared in China at the end of 2019 and claimed the lives of more than 228 thousand people, was not artificially created or genetically modified.
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This was reported in the office of the director of the US National Intelligence, writes Reuters
“Intelligence shares the opinion of scientists that the COVID-19 virus is not artificial or genetically modified,” the statement said.
The National Intelligence Agency said that the intelligence services are checking two scenarios for the outbreak of coronavirus: as a result of contact with infected animals or as a result of an accidental process in a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
A U.S. intelligence statement contradicts conspiracy theories put forward by anti-Chinese activists and some supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggest that coronavirus was developed by Chinese scientists and escaped from a government biological weapons laboratory.
On the eve it became known that the administration of US President Donald trump instructed the intelligence services to find out whether China and the World Health Organization hid information about coronavirus.
A new strain of coronavirus was first discovered in China at the end of December 2019.
Since then, almost 84 thousand cases of infection have been diagnosed in the country. At the moment, almost no new cases are recorded in China.
At this time, the number of coronavirus infected in the world exceeded 3.2 million. More than 228 thousand patients died from complications caused by the infection. At least 1 million people have recovered.
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