A scanning electron micrograph shows a cell with coronavirus particles in yellow. China has confirmed that some early samples were destroyed. Photo: EPA-EFE

China confirms unauthorised labs were told to destroy early coronavirus samples

  • National health authority says this was done for biosafety reasons and to ‘prevent secondary disasters caused by unidentified pathogens’
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Beijing declined to provide samples and destroyed them at the start of the outbreak
Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A scanning electron micrograph shows a cell with coronavirus particles in yellow. China has confirmed that some early samples were destroyed. Photo: EPA-EFE
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