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French study refutes COVID-19 origin in Chinese cave: report

Time:2021-10-18 16:01:00 Source: news.cn China Youth International

  

  A passenger adjusts her face mask at the Harbin Taiping International Airport in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Sept. 23, 2021.

  MOSCOW, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- A new French study has dismissed a cave in Mojiang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province as an origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

  The study, published online on the journal Environmental Research in late September, also rebuts lab-leak speculations that link the virus to several miners working in the county in 2012.

  A retrospective analysis of their clinical reports showed that the miners had displayed symptoms very different from those shown by COVID-19 patients, Sputnik news agency reported.

  "One must also wonder why a virus which killed more than 5 million and infected more than 200 million in 18 months did not cause any illness in 7 years from 2012 to 2019," the study read.

  "Dismissing the Mojiang mine theory leaves the laboratory leak narrative without any scientific support thus making it simply an opinion-based narrative," it added.

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