It has already killed about 250,000 people worldwide and we still do not know the source of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus (CoV) that causes COVID-19.
The version from the source country, China, is that it has an animal origin and is not a laboratory created virus. The Chinese government is considering a single hypothesis, that the virus has its natural reservoir in bats and has spread from them to humans.
This version has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to which “all available evidence” points to an animal origin as the source of the global coronavirus pandemic, although, given the “limited contact” of humans with bats, it is suspected that some other animal, possibly domestic, has served as an “intermediate” step. The WHO is hiding behind a “broad scientific consensus”.
But one of the countries most affected by the disease has openly questioned this theory. U.S. President Donald Trump has suggested that he has confidential information to support another thesis, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that “there is enormous evidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is where it all began.
Now Germany is adding to that mistrust. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, a Social Democrat, has publicly demanded that China “clarify the origin” of the new coronavirus. “The whole world wants the exact origin of the virus to be clarified,” he complained in an interview with the Funke group in which he challenged China to show “how transparent it wants to be with the virus.”