China targets PM Boris Johnson after suggestion coronavirus could have spread from grinding pangolin

China targets PM Boris Johnson after suggestion coronavirus could have spread from grinding pangolin

China
has
accused

Boris
Johnson
of
engaging
in
“groundless
conjecture”
after
he
suggested
that

coronavirus
could
have
spread
from
people
grinding
up
the
scales
of
pangolins.

The
prime
minister
speculated
about
the
origin
of COVID-19 during
a
speech
to
an
environmental
summit
on
Monday.

He
said
it
was
“the
product
of
an
imbalance
in
man’s
relationship
with
the
natural
world”.

UK
PRIME
MINISTER
PRAISES
BRITS
FOR
‘SACRIFICE’
AS
NEW
CORONAVIRUS
LOCKDOWN
LOOMS:
‘WE
HAVE
NO
CHOICE’

The
PM
continued:
“Like
the
original
plague
which
struck
the
Greeks
I
seem
to
remember
in
book
one
of
the
Iliad,
it
is
a
zoonotic
disease.

“It
originates
from
bats
or
pangolins,
from
the
demented
belief
that
if
you
grind
up
the
scales
of
a
pangolin
you
will
somehow
become
more
potent
or
whatever
it
is
people
believe,
it
originates
from
this
collision
between
mankind
and
the
natural
world
and
we’ve
got
to
stop
it.”

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But
Beijing’s
foreign
ministry
spokesman
Zhao
Lijian
said
“careful
and
meticulous”
studies
were
needed
to
discover
the
origin
of
the
coronavirus
outbreak.


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