Coronavirus has now taken the lives of more than 2,100 in China as the number of confirmed cases reaches 76,000 worldwide, as South Korea reports a surge of cases has led to their first fatality yesterday. US Senator Tom Cotton raised eyebrows earlier this week when he claimed the virus was either an experiment gone wrong, or a purposely released biological weapon. But, a book from 1981 chillingly predicts a similar rhetoric.
Written by Dean Koontz, “The Eyes of Darkness” is a story about a mother who discovers her son Danny is being kept in a military facility after being infected with a man-made microorganism called “Wuhan-400”.
Chapter 39 reads: “To understand it, you have to go back 20 months.
“It was around then that a Chinese scientist named Li Chen defected to the US, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade.
“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan and it was the 400th viable strain of man-made microorganisms created at that research centre."
The Coronavirus outbreak may have been predicted 40 years ago (Image: GETTY/TWITTER)
The outbreak has surged in South Korea (Image: GETTY)
Wuhan-400 is the perfect weapon
The Eyes of Darkness
Some have suggested this research centre could be referring to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is where China’s only level four biosafety laboratory is located.
It has the highest-level classification of labs studying the deadliest viruses and is situated 20 miles from where the current COVID-19 first broke out.
Further excerpts of the book state that the virus as the “perfect weapon” as it cannot survive outside a host for more than a minute.
It adds: “Wuhan-400 is the perfect weapon.
“It afflicts human beings, no other