Virus released from a closed mine?
In April 2012, three laborers were sent to a copper mine in Yunnan Province, China for cleaning. This mine was not used and bats had settled their homes here. There was no air in this dark mine and these workers kept cleaning here for hours. Two weeks later, all three developed pneumonia-like illness. After this, three more laborers were sent, but they also started having high fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. All were sent to Kanming Medical School for treatment where they had to be put on ventilators. 3 died in a few months.
Samples were sent to wuhan lab
Blood samples of the victims were sent to the Wuhan Virology Lab. Here, Dr. Xi Zhengli, popularly known as ‘Bat Woman’, did his analysis. Their investigation found that these people died due to fungal infections. Now after the Wall Street Journal report, both this incident and the lab are once again in discussion and this is where accusations of leaking virus have been strengthened. Especially when US President Joe Biden has ordered intelligence officials to step up efforts to find out the truth about the virus’s origins and report back in 90 days.
Why did the demand for investigation arise again?
The World Health Organization sent a team to China in January to investigate these allegations, but China supervised it from start to finish and did not even provide original data. The team came back and found the theory of lab leaks to be very difficult. Now once again there is a demand that the investigation be conducted again. Ravi Gupta, a UK government advisor and professor of clinical microbiology at Cambridge University, has also told The Telegraph that the lab leak has not reached the bottom of theory.
Reports said that after laborers fell ill at a mine in Yunnan, four teams of Chinese virologists took samples from there and found 9 viruses that were sent to the Wuhan lab. One of these was RaTG13 which was 96.2% similar to SARS-CoV-2. There was a gap of only 15 mutations between it and the corona virus spreading Covid-19.