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Coronavirus & Its Origin, Source & Spread

By A. Sivapathasundaram –

A. Sivapathasundaram

Tentacles of Corona Virus

The “Corona Virus” – name initially given to the virus when it started and then re-named “Covid-19”— first striking in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in China, in December last year, has now brought the whole world to its knees.

The virus has spread its poisonous and destructive tentacles around 209 countries and regions around the world. It is reported that as at April 18, 2020, around the world, 1, 527, 486 people have become infected, 579,190 recovered, 154,726 died, and 57,086  in critical condition. The numbers continue to rise at a terrifying speed. We have an unprecedented situation where countries and cities have closed their borders; people have been ordered to stay at home. Economies are floundering catastrophically and the livelihoods of many millions are being destroyed. 

Questions in the Minds of People

It is but natural, and in fact inevitable, that ordinary people all over the world are confused and angry too. They want to know what has happened and who or what really is the cause of it all. Many theories are being floated on them. It is said by certain quarters that it is not the time to discuss about this, everyone should focus on how to contain the virus , the priority is to save lives, and that discussions about it would only detract from the issues of solving the crisis. 

True, the States, the Governments and the Authorities should primarily concentrate on how to face this contagion and contain it, while also mitigate the sufferings of the people for whose welfare they have the ultimate responsibility. No doubt, all citizens and individuals should necessarily follow and obey the various restrictions imposed on them by their respective governments and ensure compliance. 

However, it cannot be helped, if the minds of the individuals thrown into isolation from their families, kith and kin, neighbours and the community, livelihoods destroyed  and many with an uncertain economic future,  while also unreservedly falling in line with the restrictions placed by their respective governments would inevitably ask the questions: How did all this happen?; What is its origin, source?; How did it spread? –Individuals cannot help thinking about it or questioning about it. –I am one of those individuals. 

All of us are searching for answers except those who wants to bury the truth or detract it. Some of those who sanctimoniously suggest that all should focus on facing the issues and getting out of it are surreptitiously planting stories to distort the actual origin, source and spread of this horrible virus. 

China’s Diplomatic Offensive

China and its President Xi Jinpeng have launched a pre-emptive diplomatic offensive to ward off any accusations or blames on them by asking people, organisations and governments to desist from using the term “ China virus” and that it is wrong and defamatory. As long as there is no racial overtones or racism, one would ask why it should not be called “China Virus” —because it is simply and logically that: a product with origin and source in China. Why cannot one call “a spade, a spade” and be afraid to call “a spade, a spade” and asked not to call “a spade, a spade”

By China’s own admission, the source is a meat market in Wuhan, which also sells wild animals that include snakes, bats, pangolins etc , from where it spread to other countries. Now, because of its enormous afflictions and adverse intensity world-wide, China, its authorities and the media under the control and influence of China are, directly and indirectly, trying to detract and divert even implying that it was unleashed by the USA military. It should not be misconstrued by this that I condone USA or “hold candles” for it. because I consider them too as “villains” — but not in this episode. If we had called some of the early viruses as “Spanish flu” and “Middle East flu”, why not now “Chinese virus” or “China virus”? Should China be allowed to put up sanctimonious face and act, unquestioned with no accountability? 

China is now also acting like a country of generosity and concern for the people of the world by exporting face masks, test kits, ventilators etc, thus camouflaging their failure and misinformation. Its motives in its aid offer are driven by what is dubbed the “face mask diplomacy”. The very party which caused to inflict severe, grievous, bleeding wounds is generously offering bandages to cover them. 

Wuhan Institute of Virology

One may venture to state that the origin and source cannot be just from the wild animals since the Chinese have been eating them for many years. Not many people may know, in China’s Wuhan province, there is what is known as “Wuhan Institute of Virology”. It is an Institute purportedly for research on various viruses that affect human beings. I tend to believe that in that Institute (there are such Institutes in other major countries too) they have been also developing and testing viruses for use as biological warfare weapons. Something has gone wrong there—either accidentally or because of some unintended negligence in the safety protocols adopted or even some errant employees walking out of the Institute and spreading the virus unknowingly. It is confirmed that the Chinese government was aware of the existence of the virus in December 2019 because we know that Li Wenliang, a doctor in Wuhan, has sounded an early alarm on the novel coronavirus and had warned about it. He was accused of “spreading rumours online”, suppressed, arrested, and silenced; and now China says he had died of the virus. Knowing the system in China, he may have even been killed. It is reported that the Chinese government has recently honoured him as “a martyr”. Covid-19 is a bio-chemical weapon leaked from laboratories in Wuhan—and as such it is a virus “made in China”.

China’s Duplicity

I would also say that intentionally China did not inform the world in time—with perhaps a calculated purpose: “ it’s going to bring China down; it might as well bring other countries down too, so that we will be at the same playing field levels; and, with the our system of autocratic governance we can gear up to get up first before others and have a control of the playing fields to ourselves”. 

The people cannot but suspect that China has intentionally allowed the virus to spread to other countries by pitting up a front that everything is normal and allowing millions of Chinese people to move in and out of China to various countries, which is adduced to be the single most reason for the virus to spread world-wide. People from China continued to travel in and out of many countries in large numbers from November/ December 2019—for which those countries are paying an exorbitant human and economic price. 

We now hear of a race to acquire protective gear, ventilators and other much needed goods from China, where factories are churning out these supplies. Among the help that China has supplied are said to be medical resources that include personnel. 

China should apologise to the rest of the world. On the contrary, it is reported that China’s President Xi Jinpeng in a phone call to the British Prime Minister had offered to “enhance coordination with Britain to help to minimise the risk of the epidemic’s spread while ensuring necessary flow of people and trade”. He had called on all nations to “push forward cooperation to enhance the sharing of information and experience, boost collaboration in scientific research” and, lo and behold, not surprisingly, to “safeguard and keep global supply chain  open, stable and safe” This clearly shows what has China has always been aiming for:–a flow of people (read people from China) and trade (favourable to them) and supply chain (read China’s supply chain). It is with the “flow of people” that China managed to bring down not only Britain but all the other countries too! Until a few months ago, the US was halting trade with China, imposing barriers and tariffs, adversely denting China’s economy. US also kicked out US- based Chinese scientists. Right on cue and according to its agenda, China had got up first and is in a position with relatively no significant damage to make use of and control the shattered economy and share market of the world.  

Happy Ending for China

The politicians and journalists of the democratic countries affected by the virus are accusing their own of “idiotic bureaucratism, indifferent leadership and endless blunders”; but no accusing finger is raised on China or demand accountability from China. No blame whatsoever is placed on China but only heaps of praise. 

No remorse, no apologies, no accountability by China; and the world continues to suffer with economic repercussions that is shaking the global economy, life and livelihoods—effects of which will in all probability, last for a very long time.

It is China who will probably have a happy ending and gains resulting from this global pandemic. 

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    I am not a medical expert. But the ancient Hindu scriptures mention about a similar disease. There is a separate chapter on virus that is identical with the present coronavirus in the Vedas which was composed 5,000 years ago. This was revealed by the founder of Ayushakthi Ayurvedic Hospitals, Dr.Smita Naram. This ancient scripture had detailed about an infection in a chapter named ‘Krimi’ in ‘Charak Samhita’ which is deemed to be one of the oldest and the ancient authoritative writings on Ayurveda. Dr.Smita Naram claimed that there is mention of a term known as ‘Sleshma Krimi’ in this chapter, and its details the nature of a pathogen is not visible to naked eyes. These pathogens have termed as ‘Maha Sukshnma’ and the ancient scripture mentions special instruments are required to observe these disease spreading beings. Charak Samhita also revealed that these pathogen will affect the respiratory system of patients. The classic symptoms are cough, severe congestion, and breathlessness. It also revealed isolation as a first step. Thereafter to take a spoon of turmeric powder, cut pieces of ginger, some cloves, two pieces of garlic and two cut pieces of lime and boil with four cups of water and thereafter to inhale it. It appears that this virus looses its grip on the respiratory system. The doctors can explain this. Anyway what a coincidence between this disease and coronavirus. In addition, the the Vedas also mention about the medicinal benefits of wearing Rudraksha beads to drive away such diseases. As such, will it not be beneficial for the public, if the medical researchers look into this aspect and find a solution after revising this ancient medical science.

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      Do you suggest an Indian origin for all kinds of Coronavirus?
      How come the Ayurvedic and Siddha medical systems do not mention even bacterial infections let alone viral?

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      Mr. A. Sivapathasundaram,
      RE: Coronavirus and it’s Spread: Source
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      //term “ China virus” and that it is wrong and defamatory. As long as there is no racial overtones or racism, one would ask why it should not be called “China Virus” —because it is simply and logically that: a product with origin and source in China. Why cannot one call “a spade, a spade” and be afraid to call “a spade, a spade” and asked not to call “a spade, a spade”//
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      Thanks for the article. This is a very important question that must be answered, so that these epidemics can be identified, isolated and contained locally before they become pandemics.
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      Based on peer reviewed science journals, the origin was in bats, and it jumped to pangolins ( not snakes) and from pangolins to humans, somewhere in the Wuhan area, and from there, human to human, very infectiously, while slowly mutating, as all viruses do, as part of evolution.
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      The Spanish virus, Ebola virus , Wuhan China -19 virus, renamed COVID-19 virus, because it falls, in the RNA coronavirus group, still originated in Wihan China
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      If MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, another corona virus, can be named as such, why not vall it WCRS, Wuhan China Respiratory Syndrome? USA is accusing WTO of being China-centric, and trying to cover up.

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      All,

      Re: Source and Spread of Covid-19, The China Virus.

      The Chinaviris is NOT a Muslim virus, as the Racist Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists”, who are an insult to the Buddha, claim locally. I

      https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm

      The novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, last year and has since caused a large scale COVID-19 epidemic and spread to more than 70 other countries is the product of natural evolution, according to findings published today in the journal Nature Medicine.

      The analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered.

      “By comparing the available genome sequence data for known coronavirus strains, we can firmly determine that SARS-CoV-2 originated through natural processes,” said Kristian Andersen, PhD, an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research and corresponding author on the paper.

      In addition to Andersen, authors on the paper, “The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2,” include Robert F. Garry, of Tulane University; Edward Holmes, of the University of Sydney; Andrew Rambaut, of University of Edinburgh; W. Ian Lipkin, of Columbia University.

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        All,

        Scientists are Tired of Imbeciles, idiots,Racists, Myth believers, monks, Priests? Ulama, politicians etc.,

        https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-scientists-think-of-the-coronavirus-was-made-in-a-lab-rumour/amp

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        Scientists Are Tired of Explaining Why The COVID-19 Virus Was Not Made in a Lab
        JACINTA BOWLER
        20 APRIL 2020
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        It’s a rumour that just won’t die. When asked whether the COVID-19 virus was genetically engineered in a lab, scientists have already said “no” rather firmly, but the matter of the new coronavirus’ origin is unlikely to be put to rest so easily.
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        After all still between 25 percent and 50 percent of the imbeciles STILL believe that the Sun goes around the Earth.
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        In the meantime to tame the China virus, WCRS, COVID-19 virus, the saffron clad monks in Sri Lanka are chanting pirith to water, going up a Western invented helicopter, to disperse in the land. The pope made prayers. The White House Christian fundamentalists made prayers. The virus called their BLUFF and exploded, STUMPING them All.

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    It was Jules Verne who once said “Don’t jump into conclusions OR conclusions may jump on you”.

    Your article is plenteous of fairy-tale like hypotheses, with with no arguments, inductive, deductive or even mythical) to support any premises made leading to unsubstantiated conclusions.

    Quote your sources and justify your arguments.
    The viewership of this webpage is above mediocre intellectually, so avoid bluffing and be factual if you want to impress the readers.

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      SW
      “The viewership of this webpage is above mediocre intellectually…”
      You are being too kind or have fully missed out on the many daft comments.

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    Fortunately or Luckily, you have not included a DR. OR PROF. Title in front of your name. I have read when scientists forwarded theories about intelligent animal evolution or the origin of the solar system, origin of the Universe etc, there were other theories But, most, with reasons (it is to support that almighty created every thing), they continue to support most popular or popularized theories.
    Similarly, in your article you say, it is the CHINA that introduced the COVID – 19.
    Then think about this. Mane western developed countries proved that they were very weak, they could not face the Pandemic. They all were waiting Saying it is CHINA’S VIRUS, HUBEI OR WUHAN’S VIRUS. Some how China took it under control. Among developed countries also had been Germany also has manages it.
    Anyway, developed western countries could not handle it. Their systems failed. I read even in the middle of these pandemic, USA was firing live ammunition missiles in south china or Phillipine seas. One conspiracy theorist said, in just before the covid-19 became a problem in Europe, USA sent 30,000 troops to european Union.
    One French ship and one USA air craft carrier parked in GUAM also got infected.
    Don’t you think that Secret services of developed countries lagged behind and China had been very ingenious to close the eyes of all the developed western countries.

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    How can Srilanka ask for apologies when we are a Part of China, similar to HongKong.
    Get all the aids/ loans possible and keep your mouth shut.

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    The virus originated from China & that’s a fact but whether it was man made or not is subject to conspiracy theory, although, many scientists believe it was not the result of a human experiment leaking out. However, China needs to be held responsible for not acting quickly enough to contain the virus. When Dr Wen Liang, although now considered a hero, blew the whistle on the emerging pandemic, he was incarcerated &, finally, paid the ultimate price but if the Chinese authorities acted quickly, the virus would not have gone global. Ironically, it is the Chinese who are benefiting now by exporting face masks, protective gear & ventilators to the world in a lockdown.

    Will the world, at least now, pressure China to clamp down on primitive & inhumane meat markets, the source of such viruses?

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      “The virus originated from China”: that remains to be established.
      It was first identified ion Wuhan, China. How it got there is a matter to investigate.
      People speculate based on prejudice.

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    SW &JD
    Please see this video clipping—particularly from segment 4.40 to 6.00:
    https://youtu.be/DgiPsWCJZRk

    In this, Dr Lalith Mendis. Former Registrar, Faculty of Medicine & Head of Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Kelaniya, on 17.04.20, interalia addresses the question “Where did this virus arise from?

    Explaining in scientific terminologies, he goes in to state, in effect, the following:
    –It is Bat Corono virus but the nature of the spikes has been changed or manipulated to penetrate the human cells to bring about this terrible, devastating sickness and that it cannot be a natural mutation. It is what the virologists say, he concludes–.
    He then asks:
    “Who did this?” And replies “I don’t know”.

    So, does it not follow–apart from the logical conclusion one could arrive closely following the events and dismissing off hand, also coming from an eminent person of the medical profession– that it is not a natural mutation but a manipulated product in a laboratory? .
    —Whose lab? Need the obvious be stated again?

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      Thanks for pointing to this great video. In the beginning of the video, the speaker does sound a bit intelligent, but quickly demolishes any such misunderstanding. The claim that the spike protein “has been changed” is not logical. “The spike protein is different” would be more accurate. He does not say why a mutation could not have caused the structural change. After all, Dr Mendis himself is a product of a whole series of mutations, isn’t he?

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    The essayist ends his narrative thus……

    It is China who will probably have a happy ending and gains resulting from this global pandemic.
    After pandemic it should read as ……….
    WHICH THEY [CHINA] TRIGGERED!

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    Don’t blame it on poor Bats or Pangolins for COVID-19. Sometimes, researchers working in vaccine development in high end security labs also don’t follow strict rules and regulations.
    .
    Here are 2 cases that were reported by news media.
    .
    1-According to several media reports, last year, a researcher was escorted from high end infectious disease for a possible “policy breach”.
    Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, her husband Keding Cheng and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from Canada’s only level-4 lab on July 5, 2019.
    Dr. Xiangguo Qiu is head of the Vaccine Development and Antiviral Therapies section in the Special Pathogens Program at the lab. Her research focuses on vaccine development, post-exposure therapeutics and rapid diagnostics of viruses like Ebola.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/chinese-researcher-escorted-from-infectious-disease-lab-amidst-rcmp-investigation-1.5211567
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    2-In 2009, U.S. authorities alleged researcher Konan Michel Yao had 22 vials of the substance in the trunk of his car when he tried to cross the border.
    On his last day at the lab, he said he stole 22 vials, which he described as research vectors, according to the affidavit. He was charged with smuggling merchandise, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 US.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/winnipeg-researcher-charged-with-smuggling-ebola-material-into-u-s-1.774725
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    PS: These links were selected from reliable news sources and weren’t provided to target people from any specific ethnic backgrounds. In general, researches working in high risk areas also make deadly judgmental calls. COVID-19 could have originated from a research lab too.

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    Mr. Sivapathasundaram:

    when you read different web notes, we see there are more than one strain of the virus circulates in the world. Some strains may be natural while others may be man made. RNA sequences are similar or close to those of BAT viruses and Pangolin viruses. It says, one FORT-DVERICK virus lab of Maryland was clsoed because of the lack of proper security levels.
    One another theory is developed countries were establishing CDCs (Centre for DISEASE Control) in their countries. They wanted to bypass the HEALTH EXPERTS and to accept the statistics released by Statisticians. Both France and USA did that. Their objective had been DEPOPULATION, CUT DOWN budget spent on hospitals, cut down the no of hospital beds etc.,
    In that China was negligent when military from foreign countries involved in their WUHAN games in 2018 or so.

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    BATS & PANGOLINS.

    Both cases you report are crap. I do not think that it is wrong carrying research vectors while he is moving a new lab. That is something common. Only thing if some one wants have a show.

    Then getting students inside a LEVEL FOUR LAB is very wrong. But, I heard, one Chinese Researcher from this top security in which they worked even EBOLA, one Chinese researcher tried to send some research material. That is lab lab transfer among researchers common. Particularly when you give the name of a University Research Lab they give. Only thing they say is BE CAREFUL WITH THE MATERIAL.
    My guess, If they got Chinese students, if the Chinese researcher were allowed to work in that project all with not genuine collaborative research. Research Manager had other second thoughts of just stealing the knowledge from those and had no hope to share knowledge. During the same time, they may be working with corona, so they distrusted other research groups.

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    My guess it is an introduction of different strains both man made and naturally occurring but selected for lethality viruses, introduced on purpose. Italy has lot of high end industries, they may have to sell those,

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    “By China’s own admission, the source is a meat market in Wuhan,”
    That is old hat. China accepted that suggestion and after investigation that prospect was dismissed.
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    “I would also say that intentionally China did not inform the world in time”
    The anti-China virus that penetrated some minds has neither vaccine nor cure.
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    The West, especially the US, had a whole two months to take preemptive measures, which they did not. But East Asians acted wisely at the first sign of trouble in China.
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    More cruel than the virus are the cruel sanctions regimes imposed by the US against Venezuela and Iran, the US aiding and abetting the Saudi murderers in Yemen, and protecting the Israeli killing machine in Palestine and elsewhere.
    I like to hear any Tamil nationalist denouncing crimes against humanity by the US and its partners in crime. They count on the imperialists to fight their leaderless battles.

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    SJ says: “That is (that by China’s own admission, the source is a meat market in Wuhan) is old hat. China accepted the suggestion and after investigation that prospect was dismissed”

    Of course China would dismiss and detract its own statement , because the swift spread of the virus was so intense and far and wide, that it cannot be just a zoonotic virus that had merely started in a market and it will not hold water for long. Is it any surprise?

    SJ says: “The anti-China virus that penetrated some minds has neither vaccine nor cure”

    True! SJ! – For that matter, by the same breath, even the anti-West virus that penetrated some minds has neither vaccine nor cure!!

    If one wants to jump in branding any discussion or debate as “anti this or ant- that”, “pro-this or pro-that”, then there is no chance for a healthy or constructive discussion. That twisted mind which construes that “if you are not with that, you are against it” is certainly also a mind , to put it in SJ’s words itself “ a mind that has neither vaccine nor cure”. So is the mind that has also decided to take “pro- China” or anti West” stand, irrespective of objectivity.

    SJ then concludes: “I like to hear any Tamil nationalist denouncing crimes against humanity by the US and its partners in crime. They count on the imperialists to fight their leaderless battles”.

    Ah! here he goes SJ and some of the ilk of SJ!—Pray, I ask: what do Tamils or Tamil nationalism got to do with the contents of the article?

    Going by some thread of the comments in this section in Colombo Telegraph for the tendency for some prejudiced to contrivedly drag the discussion into communalist—’Tamil- Sinhalese- Muslim’ divide –and thus detract from a meaningful and objective one, I did have this concern; and implied to the Editor ( did not openly tell him so) that I would rather use my pseudonym for fear lest my name lead to this situation; but he was not for it. But, here goes SJ justifying my concern!

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      I may be wrong, but I don’t think SJ is calling you a Tamil nationalist. He is drawing a parallel / an analogy (in Tamil, உவமானம் உவமேயம்) to make you think: that relying on the imperialists for ideas, explanations and support is perhaps not a good idea. So, just the same way Tamil nationalists thought American ships will rescue VP from Mullivaaikaal, you are relying on a Trumpian explanation of China creating the virus in a lab.

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    Somewhere in the middle this interesting article says: “I tend to believe…” This explains it all.

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    Siva, if you have not realized by now, there is no discussion on Lanka without anti this or pro that. Truth is no one knows the answers yet except for few who lived in the epicenter. People who write comments here too are quoting from what ever sources they get and believe its absolutely true. Keep in mind Lankans do not have answers for many issues which took place in their own country but seems to readily have answers for what took place miles away. For example we still dont have answers regarding the dead, disappeared, political killings, Easter killings, —etc—etc. What ever may be CT policy, there has been few articles posted which were outright lies.. So keep writing. This being a pandemic (fortunately not Lanka or China alone )involving many countries , I am confident there will be some answers soon.

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