US Military Athletes, Who Came To Wuhan For Military World Games, Might Have Brought Coronavirus, Says Chinese Spokesman

Zhao has built his reputation as a ‘firebrand diplomat’ who often criticizes the US.

A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, tweeted that the US army may have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan. He tweeted the statement after a video of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield went viral.

In the video, Robert said that some patients who were previously believed to have died from flu ‘might have coronavirus instead’.

“CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in the US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! The US owes us an explanation!”, Zhao tweeted along with the video clip of CDC director’s statement.

The spokesman’s comments added fuel to the fire started by a conspiracy theory which has been circulating on social media. The theory proposesthat 300 athletes from the US military, who came to Wuhan to attend the 7th Military World Games, may have had the virus, thereby spreading it in China.

However, he did not elaborate on his allegations against the US army. Zhao has built a reputation as a ‘firebrand diplomat’ who often criticizes the US. After his tweet, he blocked a number of Twitter users who called him out for embarrassing the US government and for spreading conspiracies.

However, despite the backlash, Zhao did not back down from his claim. He shared two articles from ‘Global Research’ which claimed that the coronavirus had in fact originated in the US.

“This article is very much important to each and every one of us. Please read and retweet it,”, he tweeted.

Previously Zhao had told a news outlet that the origin of the virus was still unknown.

‘’It is yet undetermined where the virus originated. Wherever its origin may be, China and all the other affected countries are victims faced with the challenge in containing its spread”, he said.

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