‘Coronavirus not a natural virus, created in labs’: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tells NDTV
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday claimed that the coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan is not a natural virus, and was created in a laboratory. His comments came as the deadly pathogen claimed lives of more than 2.9 lakh people worldwide and has afflicted over 4.1 million globally.
In an interview with NDTV, Gadkari also said that we have we will have to learn the art of living with the coronavirus as it's not a natural virus and the world doesn't have a response for it.
"...We need to understand the art of living with corona. That art of living is very important as it is not a natural virus. It is an artificial virus and many countries across the world are researching for a vaccine," Gadkari said in an interview with NDTV.
Nitin Gadkari’s comments are the first from India’s side on the origin of the contagion. Gadkari's statement comes at a time when countries across the world, including the US, have raised suspicions that the virus which has brought the world to a grinding halt, was created in labs in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei province.
"The second thing is detection methodology. We need some good methodology. Immediately, we can identify (the virus). This is unexpected because this a virus from laboratory, this is not a natural virus," the union minister added.
US President Donald Trump, on multiple occasions, has blamed China for allowing the virus to spread around the world. He has also referred to it as 'Chinese virus'. A war of words also emerged between Trump and Chinese diplomats of the world over blaming each other for the origin of the virus.
Gadkari, however, expressed confidence that the countries, including India, are prepared to handle the coronavirus crisis.
"So, probably the world is prepared, India is prepared, scientists are prepared and the system is prepared by which after getting the solution for that, we can create a positive confidence. By taking the vaccine, there will be no problem. So, I feel that as early as possible, we will get the alternative solution for all these things and that will resolve the problem," Gadkari said.
Meanwhile, multiple government agencies are planning measures against China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post had reported on April 30, citing officials.
In India, the deadly virus has infected more than 74,000 people, while over 2,400 people have succumbed to the deadly infection so far.
(With ANI Inputs)
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