China: refuted messages about symptoms of COVID-19 from scientists in 2019

Head of the Institute of Natural Sciences of Beijing University of Chemical Technologies Tun Igan Refuted reports on the fact that three employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in November 2019 were symptoms of coronavirus infection, RIA Novosti report.

“A group of Chinese experts conducted an investigation and did not find any messages that three employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology were sick,” said Tun Igan to comment on reports in a number of media that the employees of the specified institute in November 2019 were sick Respiratory disease with symptoms as with coronavirus or flu.

Tun Igan, who participated in the joint mission of WHO experts and Chinese specialists in Uhana, noted that Chinese experts re-examined some protocols of the visit to Wuhan Institute of Virology on February 3, 2021 and restored the entire process. According to him, one of the scientists of the Wuhan Institute of Virology informed the WHO expert group during their visit that the Institute in 2019 as part of the flu surveillance system collaborated with one of the hospitals of the city.

Research work suggested the collection of samples in hospital patients from January 2019 to January 2020, a total of 1001 sample was collected, all of them were tested by the Wuhan Institute of Virology in March 2020. A retrospective analysis showed that 700 samples were collected in January 2020, among them there were four positive tests for influenza and coronavirus infection.

“Among these four people with positive tests was three adults and one elderly man, they were all patients of the hospital, with which the institute collaborated, and not by the employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” said Tun Igan.