The new type of coronavirus most likely did not come from laboratories in China, and was in the world long before dormant and emerged when a certain combination of natural factors. This is the opinion of senior research fellow at the Oxford Centre of evidence-based medicine (Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, CEBM) and visiting Professor, Newcastle University Tom Jefferson, quoted in the Sunday newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

In China, the third level of danger of the plague

According to scientist from different countries come increasing evidence that the virus was in different countries before appeared in Asia. So, Spanish epidemiologists last week reported that the virus SARS-CoV-2, which is the causative agent of coronavirus infection was discovered in the sewage of Barcelona in March 2019, that is, nine months before it was reported the first cases of infection in Wuhan, China. It is also said that traces of coronavirus was discovered in samples of wastewater of the Italian cities of Milan and Turin in December last year, and in the wastewater in the Brazilian city of Florianopolis in November 2019.

"I think the virus was already here and under "here" I understand "everywhere". Quite possibly, we are dealing with a sleeping virus, which was activated by the environmental conditions, says Jefferson. – In early February on the Falkland Islands was a case of [coronavirus]. Where did he come there? On a cruise ship, navigating from South Georgia (sub-Antarctic island in the South Atlantic, is part of the British overseas territories of South Georgia and the South sandwich Islands – approx. TASS) to Buenos Aires, passengers began to observe, and on the eighth day, when they crossed the Weddell sea, was the first recorded case. Was the virus in cooked food, and activated, being thawed?" – asks.

the Analogy with "Spanish"

Jefferson draws an analogy with the mass pandemic "Spanish flu", which from 1918 to 1920 killed, according to various estimates up to 100 million people, and infected was almost every third inhabitant of the planet. "In the case of the Spanish flu were strange things happening. In 1918, about 30% of the population of Western Samoa died from the Spanish flu, even though they had no contact with the outside world", – said the scientist.

"the Explanation for this may lie in the fact that these pathogens do not come out of nowhere and not going anywhere. They are always here and sometimes something activates them, can be, the density of world population, or environmental conditions, and that is what we should study", – said Jefferson.

He also believes that the virus can be transmitted not only from ��of person to person, such as talking or coughing, but also through waste water.

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In may, the President of the United States Donald trump suggested that the new coronavirus could leave Wuhan Institute of Virology because of the incompetence of the staff. The official representative of the foreign Ministry of China Hua Chunying said on may 8 that the assumptions of the US President about the leak of a new coronavirus from the biology lab in Wuhan because of "stupid mistakes in China" contrary to fact.

Newspaper the Sunday Times reported on Sunday that the outbreak was caused by a coronavirus, the closest genetically to the SARS-CoV-2, could occur in 2012 in China and lead to the death of three people. As stated in the journalistic investigation published by the newspaper, samples of potentially deadly virus for more than six years was kept in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.

Outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus, the disease was recorded in the end of 2019 in Central China, it spread to most countries. March 11, the world health organization recognized it as an pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic coronavirus in the world has infected more than 11.2 million people, about 530 thousand died.