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Covid-like virus was sent to Wuhan in 2013: Report

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Virus samples sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology seven years ago closely resemble Covid-19, according to a report in the Sunday Times that highlights unanswered questions about the origins of the global pandemic.
Scientists in 2013 sent frozen samples to the Wuhan lab from a bat-infested former copper mine in southwest China after six men who had been clearing out bat feces there contracted a severe pneumonia, the newspaper said.
Three of them died and the most likely cause was a coronavirus transmitted from a bat, the Sunday Times reported, citing a medic whose supervisor worked in the emergency department that treated the men.
The same mine in Yunnan province was subsequently studied by Shi Zhengli, an expert in Sars-like coronaviruses of bat origins at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

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