Trump went on to say he may pose $1trillion (£779.9billion) of tariffs on Chinese goods as retribution. The lab in question is the Wuhan Institute of Virology. When asked if Boris Johnson agreed with Trump, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson told Mail Online: “There are clearly questions that need to be answered about the origin and spread of the virus, not least so we can ensure that we are better prepared for future global pandemics.
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“This work will need to be done with all of our international partners.”
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Wuhan Institute of Virology is located near the wet market which has been identified as a likely epicentre of the virus.
Trump told reporters that he could not divulge what the evidence was.
A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry hit back at the US saying the “enemy is the virus, not China”.
A Downing Street source said questions needed to be answered on coronavirus, stock (Image: GETTY)
Dr Jennifer Cole, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, was one of a number of scientists to hit back at Trump.
She said: “While there continues to be no such evidence, Trump seems to be using this vacuum to fill the gap with the narrative that best suits his political position - that China is somehow responsible for the disease and the deaths it is causing, and is covering up its culpability.
“This is a dangerous political precedent that does nothing to support the international cooperation that is needed at this time to deal with the pandemic as best we can.”
Brendan Wren, a professor of medical microbiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added: “Having been to Wuhan a number of times and having had infectious disease researchers from Wuhan working in my labs in London I don’t believe that there have been any deliberate or nefarious activities with the SARS-Cov-2 virus.”
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The Wuhan Institute of Virology was the lab linked to coronavirus by Trump (Image: GETTY)