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Morrison writes to G20 leaders calling for coronavirus review

Scott Morrison has written to G20 leaders to ramp up his calls for an independent review into the origins of the coronavirus, as the Australian Prime Minister has again rejected suggestions there was compelling evidence the virus started in a Wuhan laboratory.

The direct pitch to the world’s most powerful leaders, which includes Chinese president Xi Jinping, follows heightened concern within the Australian government that the United States push to pin the virus on the Wuhan Institute of Virology was derailing efforts to eliminate dangerous wildlife wet markets.

Scott Morrison says there is no evidence to strongly suggest the Wuhan lab theory.

Scott Morrison says there is no evidence to strongly suggest the Wuhan lab theory. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week claimed there was “enormous evidence” the coronavirus outbreak originated in the Chinese laboratory but did not provide any facts to back up his assertion.

Asked whether he agreed with Mr Pompeo’s statement, Mr Morrison on Tuesday said the Australian government cannot rule anything out, but the most likely cause of the outbreak was a Wuhan wildlife wet market.

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