New study gives China opportunity to blame Brazil for pandemic

A preprint paper found traces of Sars-CoV-2 in sewage samples from a southern Brazilian city dating back to November, months before the pandemic

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Illustration: André Chiavassa/TBR

There has been much conjecture and conspiratorial theorizing about the origin of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which kicked off the Covid-19 pandemic that has so far claimed over half a million lives. The first official and confirmed case of human infection by the novel coronavirus was recorded by municipal health authorities in Wuhan (Central China) on December 31, 2019, and ever since scientists have been trying to identify the path of the virus until its first detection.

One spokesman from the Chinese foreign ministry tweeted a conspiracy theory according to which the virus was brought to the country by 300...

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