The mystery of the origin and the first patient of the Covid-19 corona virus is still a hot topic worldwide. Moreover, this issue is one of the causes of the heated relations between the United States (US) with China.
The US felt the need to find this first patient to find out the real cause of the emergence of Covid-19. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China to be more open to expose a pandemic curtain. United States President Donald Trump even said the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“We need to get the answer. It is important to know where the zero patients came from, “Pompeo said on Thursday (7/5) and was quoted from the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs page. Pompeo had also previously accused the Chinese government of hiding a corona virus sample.
Not only the US, the European Union and Australia also encouraged an independent investigation to solve this problem.
Both Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and European Commission spokeswoman Virginie Henriksson said knowing the origins of corona would help the world prevent this dangerous pandemic from recurring.
“What’s really important is we have the right reviews, independent reviews that look at the source of these things transparently,” Morrison said Tuesday (5/5) quoted by Bloomberg.
The world health organization (WHO) also asked all countries to re-examine Covid-19’s first patients in their respective regions. This is because there are indications that corona cases have occurred since the end of 2019.
“These findings help to better understand the potential circulation of the COVID-19 virus,” said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier a few days ago. This is because they indicate that corona cases have occurred in several countries since last year. One case happened to a 42-year-old fish seller in France named Ammirouche Hammar.
He was treated at the Paris hospital on December 27, 2019 with symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath. One month later Hammar underwent a Covid-19 test and the results were positive.
“No doubt. It’s been there since December, “said the head of ICU GRS Avicenne-Jean Verdier Dr. Yves Cohen, Tuesday (5/5) was quoted by The New York Times. While the Chinese government said the issue of the time of the first appearance did not only occur in the Land of Panda but in several other countries such as France and Sweden.
They also counterattacked Pompeo by accusing the former boss of the US central intelligence agency (CIA) of spreading inaccurate news. “He (Pompeo) is busy making up lies,”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on the official website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thursday (7/5).
This article has been aired on Katadata.co.id with the title “Trump Stroke Hit China, Investigate Corona World’s First Patient”, https://katadata.co.id/berita/2020/05/09/jurus-trump-pukul- china-investigate-mystery-patient-first-corona-world
Author: Ameidyo Daud
Editor: Ameidyo Daud