Only a few miles away from the Wuhan wet market, where China claimed the coronavirus emanated, is China’s only biosafety level-4 super laboratory that researches human infectious diseases, including the novel coronavirus.
While there is not yet clear evidence that the coronavirus originated in the lab where it was being studied, it certainly is not being ruled out as the origin of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In mid-February, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) began sounding the alarm on the origination of the coronavirus in the Wuhan super lab:
Tom Cotton reiterates his suggestion that the Coronavirus originated at a super-lab in Wuhan pic.twitter.com/i1cSNSqU0d
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 16, 2020
On April 30, President Trump was mocked by the media and by his opponents in the Democrat Party for suggesting the Wuhan lab was where the coronavirus pandemic originated.
Yahoo News – US President Donald Trump threatened new tariffs against Beijing after claiming there is evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in China’s ground-zero city of Wuhan.
Asked if he had seen anything giving him a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of the outbreak, Trump replied, “Yes, I have.”
He told reporters at the White House that US agencies were investigating how the virus first emerged and what China had done to stop it spreading to the rest of the world.
“We’ll be able to get a very powerful definition of what happened,” he said, adding that a report would be made to him “in the not too distant future.”
But even as the issue remains under probe, Trump said he already has suspicions.
“They could have stopped it,” he said, attacking China for not canceling international flights out of the country in time.
A new report shows that cellphone data suggests the Wuhan lab was shut down for two weeks in October
NBC News – A private analysis of cellphone location data purports to show that a high-security Wuhan laboratory studying coronaviruses shut down in October, three sources briefed on the matter told NBC News. U.S. spy agencies are reviewing the document, but intelligence analysts examined and couldn’t confirm a similar theory previously, two senior officials say.
The report — obtained by the London-based NBC News Verification Unit — says there was no cellphone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 24, 2019, and that there may have been a “hazardous event” sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11.
It offers no direct evidence of a shutdown, or any proof for the theory that the virus emerged accidentally from the lab.
If there was such a shutdown, which has not been confirmed, it could be seen as evidence of a possibility being examined by U.S. intelligence agencies and alluded to by Trump administration officials, including the president — that the novel coronavirus emerged accidentally from the lab.
Cellphones are an indispensable part of life in China.
“The digitization level is very high in China. People can’t survive without a cellphone,” Tang Jingyuan, a U.S.-based China affairs commentator, told The Epoch Times on March 21. “Dealing with the government for pensions and social security, buying train tickets, shopping … no matter what people want to do, they are required to use cellphones.
“The Chinese regime requires all Chinese to use their cellphones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now. It’s impossible for a person to cancel his cellphone.”
China introduced mandatory facial scans on Dec. 1, 2019, to confirm the identity of the person who registered the phone. As early as Sept. 1, 2010, China required all cellphone users to register phones with their real identification, by which the state can control people’s speech via its large-scale monitoring system.
Furthermore, Chinese people’s bank accounts and social security accounts are bundled with their cellphone plans; apps on Chinese phones check SIM cards against the state’s database to make sure the number belongs to the user.
It’s hard to imagine that in a country where its citizens are literally unable to function without a cellphone tracking their every move for the communist government, that a report showing no activity in the lab for two weeks in October could be wrong. If this report is accurate, it could explain a lot about when and where the Wuhan coronavirus came from and for how long the virus sickened the population in China.