US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended weeks of conflicting rhetoric regarding the origins of the coronavirus after he claimed on Sunday that there was "serious evidence" for COVID-19 originating in a Chinese laboratory.
In an interview with ABC This week, Pompeo said, "I can say that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan," but did not provide any of the alleged evidence.
The secretary's allegations were at some point irregular. He made statements suggesting that the Sars-CoV-2 virus was deliberately developed or escaped from a laboratory in China only for US intelligence to issue a formal statement observing the opposite of what he said: "That's right. I agree with that. "
Donald Trump also made a similar statement on Thursday, saying he was aware that the pandemic started in a Chinese laboratory and not in the Wuhan cattle market, as Beijing claimed.
Chinese authorities still kept their doors closed to foreign experts and researchers from the World Health Organization who wish to investigate the origins of the virus. They restricted animal samples at the Wuhan cattle market, where they claim the outbreak has begun to be shared.
Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University confirmed 66,000 deaths and 1,134,507 coronavirus cases in the United States, with a global number of almost 3.5 million confirmed cases and more than 245,000 deaths.
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