Chinese official accuses US Army of starting coronavirus outbreak

A Chinese official questioned whether the U.S. Army "brought the epidemic to Wuhan" and demanded "an explanation" on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, Lijian Zhao, made the post on his official Twitter account and included video of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield testifying before Congress.

"CDC was caught on the spot," Lijian wrote. "When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!"

The outbreak of coronavirus was first detected in the bustling industrial city of Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Lijian's statement comes after U.S. lawmakers have accused China of hiding information about the outbreak, which is now a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.

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