Donald Trump has confirmed he has seen evidence the killer coronavirus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. US intelligence officials have been investigating exactly how the virus began – which has infected more than 3.3 million people globally and killed more than 230,000 others.
Mr Trump made the allegations during a White House press conference on Thursday but refused to be drawn on the evidence he has seen.
The US President said: “We are looking at exactly where it came from, who it came from, how it happened, separately and also scientifically, so we are going to be able to find it.”
Mr Trump was then asked: “Have you seen anything at this point that gives you a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the origin of this virus?”
Donald Trump has claimed coronavirus originated in a Wuhan lab (Image: GETTY)
Donald Trump has often referred to coronavirus as the 'China virus' (Image: PA)
Mr Trump said: “Yes, yes I have.”
When pressed on his comments, the US President declined to give any further details, he said: “I can't tell you that. I'm not allowed to tell you that."
The Chinese state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology has dismissed the allegations, and other US officials have downplayed the claims.
The coronavirus outbreak is widely believed to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan and was first reported to the World Health Organisation in December 2019.
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The US President has always pointed blame towards Beijing and has repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus”.
Meanwhile US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo distanced China from any blame from the coronavirus crisis at this stage.
He said: “We don't know if it came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“We don't know if it