COVID-19: China increased spending on PCR test kits shortly before first confirmed case


Research by a cybersecurity company has revealed that the Chinese province, which was the original epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, purchased significant infectious disease testing equipment months before Beijing notified international authorities of the emergence of a new coronavirus.

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Research by a cybersecurity company has revealed that the Chinese province, which was the original epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, purchased significant infectious disease testing equipment months before Beijing notified international authorities of the emergence of a new coronavirus.

According to the Australian-American company Internet 2.0, purchases of polymerase chain reaction or PCR testing equipment in the province, which allow scientists to amplify DNA samples to check for infectious diseases or other genetic material, rose dramatically in 2019 to.

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Wuhan, a large Chinese city where the first known cases of the virus appeared, is in Hubei Province.

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization’s China Country Office received notification that cases of pneumonia from an unknown source had been discovered in the city.

On January 7, 2020, Chinese officials discovered a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease now known as COVID-19.

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Since then, it has spread to almost every corner of the world, infecting more than 230 million people and killing over 4.8 million people.

The origins of the coronavirus have become a contentious issue as the United States and its allies accuse Beijing of blocking a broader investigation, including allegations that the virus leaked from a biosecurity facility in Wuhan that was investigating similar coronaviruses.

In August, US intelligence agencies released a summary of their study on the causes of the outbreak, but said they were unable to come up with meaningful results due to China’s refusal to help.

Chinese officials have denied interference in the investigation and vehemently refuted the Wuhan laboratory leak hypothesis.

Top Chinese scientists have found that the disease most likely originated in an animal and was transmitted to humans through an intermediate host, a view that has been widely accepted by the scientific world.

(With contributions from agencies)

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