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CHINA has blasted the United States’ claims that they have evidence that coronavirus originated in a Wuhan laboratory. China’s state broadcaster CCTV has attacked recent remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, calling them “insane and evasive”. The harshly worded commentary, titled “Evil Pompeo is wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies”, referred to statements by WHO Executive Director Mike Ryan and Columbia

Two further commentaries published on Monday by state newspaper People’s Daily attacked Pompeo and former White House strategist Steve Bannon as a “pair of lying clowns”, and blasted Bannon as a “Cold War living fossil”.

Bannon last week said on a US far-right talk show that China committed a “biological Chernobyl” against the United States and advocated the theory the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) emergencies chief Dr Michael J Ryan also said on Monday that the agency had received no evidence from the US government to back up the allegations by Trump and Pompeo.

Dr Ryan told reporters in Geneva: “From our perspective, this remains speculative.

“We have not received any data or specific evidence from the US government relating to the purported origin of the virus.”

Scientists have been outspoken in saying the evidence of the virus’ origins does not lay in the laboratory theory.

Dr Yuan Zhiming, Wuhan National Bio-safety Laboratory, talking to CGTN on April 17 said: “As people who carry out viral studies, we clearly know what kind of research is going on at the institute and how the institute manages viruses and samples.

“As we said early on, there’s no way this virus came from us.

Dr Peter Li, University of Houston-Downtown, speaking to Channel 4 also said: “There is no support for the theory that the virus could have escaped from Wuhan lab.

“We hear a lot of politicians talking about the origin of the pandemic, but I would say it is more important for the politicians to focus on issues in this specialty.”

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he believed that a “mistake” in China was the cause of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, though he also did not present any evidence for the claim.

Trump said: “My opinion is they made a mistake.

“They tried to cover it, they tried to put it out.

“You know, it’s really like trying to put out a fire.”