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Trump fans flames of Chinese lab #coronavirus theory during daily briefing

Trump fans flames of Chinese lab #coronavirus theory during daily briefing
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Saturday, 18 April, 2020, 11:35

Donald Trump has fuelled a media theory that the coronavirus pandemic began when the pathogen accidentally escaped a Chinese laboratory, teasing that “more and more we’re hearing the story”.

The US president’s TV network of choice, Fox News, has reported that “multiple sources” in the American government believe initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human in a virology lab in Wuhan. Due to weak safety protocols, an infected lab worker then went to a wet market where the virus spread.

When the Fox News reporter John Roberts put this to Trump at a press briefing on Wednesday, he replied: “Well, I don’t want to say that, John, but I will tell you more and more we’re hearing the story.”