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Wuhan lab worker's wife 'died from Covid in 2019' – bombshell US intelligence report

The wife of a Wuhan lab researcher working on deadly viruses apparently died of Covid in December 2019, according to a bombshell US report. The leader of a State Department investigation under the Trump administration made the shock claim amid renewed interest in the lab-leak origin theory of Covid. David Asher, who led an investigation on COVID-19’s origins, told the Daily Caller an employee at the Wuhan Institute of Virology provided US intelligence with the information on the lab researcher’s wife dying from a mysterious virus.
This follows up from a report in the Wall Street Journal last weekend which revealed three Wuhan lab workers were hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019.

This was weeks before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on 8th December.

Mr Asher told Fox News this week: “How many normal people in their 30s to 40s get so sick from influenza that they have to be hospitalized? Lab workers, I am told, are almost certainly getting flu shots.

“Moreover, what are the odds that several workers — who happen to be the researchers on enhancing the pathogenicity of COV RaTG13 and associated COVS all fall very sick together?”

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This comes amid a renewed focus on the lab-leak theory, after the Biden administration called for the US intelligence community to redouble its efforts to discover information on the origins of COVID-19 and report back to him in 90 days.

This call included the possibility the virus emerged from a laboratory accident rather than from human contact with an infected animal.

China has hit back against President Biden’s order, pointing to the findings of a March report by a World Health Organization mission.

On Thursday the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said it was “extremely unlikely” the virus had come from a laboratory in Wuhan. 

Former deputy national security advisor KT McFarland told Fox Business yesterday “China has covered this up from the beginning”.

She added it was “a red flag” the Chinese military “took over” the research lab once the pandemic broke.

President Trump on Tuesday night told US news channel Newsmax said he felt vindicated that scientific opinion and the mainstream media was finally coming round to his point of view.

He said: “I said it right at the beginning, and that’s where it came from.”

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Joe Biden urges deep investigation into Covid origin as Wuhan lab leak theory persists

The US president has asked his own intelligence agencies to “redouble” their efforts to find the true origin of the Covid-19 outbreak. He also called upon the international community to pressure Beijing into allowing “a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation”. Mr Biden admitted that US intelligence agencies were split over the origins of the coronavirus.
While some in the intelligence community believed the deadly virus originated naturally, others claimed the virus leaked from a Wuhan laboratory.

The Democrat said that as yet there was no conclusive evidence to validate either theory.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said: “I have now asked the intelligence community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyse information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days.”

Earlier this year, a group of internationals scientists from the World Health Organisation visited Wuhan, believed to be the epicentre of the pandemic.

Their objective was to try and provide a definitive answer to the origins of the deadly virus.

The team concluded that the most plausible explanation was that the the virus was a naturally occurring phenomenon that jumped from animals to humans.

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She told journalists at the time that the report lacked “crucial data, information, and access.”

Suspicions that the virus originated from a laboratory accident in Wuhan were ignited once again by a report in the Washington Street Journal last week.

Citing previously undisclosed intelligence reports, the paper claimed that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology came down with Covid-like symptoms in November 2019, shortly before the first cases were reported.

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China tornado: One dead and over 60 injured after tornadoes strike Wuhan and Suzhou

The extreme weather hit the central Hubei province and east China’s Jiangsu province, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Dramatic videos depicts large items being blown down streets due to the strong winds. In Wuhan, six people were reportedly missing and 41 were being treated in hospitals.



The tornado in the central province ripped through the Caidian District at 8.39pm, according to Xinhua.

The news agency added that none of the people being treated were in a life-threatening condition.

The local government in Wuhan said the tornado snapped trees and toppled some construction site sheds.

A second tornado blasted Shengze town in the city of Suzhou.

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The city of Wuhan is possibly best known to the international community as the place where COVID-19 is said to have originated.

The coronavirus disease spread worldwide and became a global pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over three million people have died due to COVID-19 across the globe.

There have been more than 161 million cases of the disease internationally, according to the data.

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China’s Wuhan rises from Covid-19 fallout, boosting GDP by nearly 60%

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The Chinese city once the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, Wuhan, has expanded its economy by 58.4% in the first quarter of 2021, a year after Covid-19 paralyzed economic activity in China.

The city’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 357.4 billion yuan ($ 55 billion) in January-March compared to the same period last year, China’s CGTN reported citing data from local authorities. 

Meanwhile the GDP of China’s Hubei province where Wuhan is located also went into positive territory for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak hit, Global Times reported earlier this week citing official statistics. It rose 58.3% to reach 987.27 billion yuan ($ 151.4 billion) in the first three months of 2021 compared with a 40% drop a year ago. 

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The city and the whole province faced strict lockdowns that lasted for more than two months when the deadly virus started rapidly spreading across China and beyond at the beginning of 2020. Most local businesses and factories were closed due to the restrictions. 

The region’s performance is part of a broader recovery of the Chinese economy. After becoming the only major economy that managed to expand in the pandemic year, China reported record 18.3% growth in the first quarter of 2021.

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