After Zhong Nanshan, a high-profile doctor in China, suggested on February 27, 2020, that the Coronavirus could have originated from outside of China, another high-profile doctor, Zhang Wenhong, disagreed with that idea.
Zhang Wenhong is the Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Huashan Hospital, at Fudan University, Shanghai. He was tasked with leading the medical expert team to fight the novel coronavirus in Shanghai. Many Shanghainese call him, “Daddy Zhang” for his outspokenness and the care he has for people.
On February 28, 2020, China Daily, a state-controlled newspaper that publishes both Chinese and English versions, interviewed Zhang. In the interview, when responding to a question regarding claims that the virus was imported from elsewhere, Zhang said that he believed the virus originated in Wuhan. Zhang argued, “If that was the case (that the virus was imported), we should have seen patients emerging from different regions in the country around the same time rather than seeing their concentration in Wuhan.”
Sina republished the article from China Daily, which contains the Chinese following the English translation.
However, most of the Chinese media that reported Zhang’s disagreement saw that his comments were taken down afterwards.
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1. Excerpt in Chinese:
In response to some claims that the virus was imported from elsewhere， Zhang said he believes it originated in Wuhan。
“If that was the case， we should have seen patients emerging from different regions in the country around the same time rather than their concentration in Wuhan，” Zhang said。 “Moreover， influenza could be easily differentiated from the coronavirus infection through CT scan。”
Source: Sina, February 28, 2020
2. Excerpt in Chinese:
Source: Radio France International, February 29, 2020