#COVID19 UPDATE: Source a ‘Mystery’; Oil Plunges; Germany’s $163Bln Invoice to China

DESPARDES — The UK has reportedly joined US intelligence officials in investigating claims that the coronavirus “COVID-19” originated in a lab and not a wet market in Wuhan city of China as previously claimed.

The source of the outbreak remains a mystery, reports The Express, UK.

Japan’s health authorities have reported 25 COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, the highest daily death toll so far.

Oil has plunged to a record-breaking under $11 per barrel, with storage rapidly increasing attributed to a decrease in demand due to COVID19.

The plunge is the lowest level since 1986, according to Bloomberg.

The drug giant Novartis said it would conduct a 450-person study to determine if hydroxychloroquine (an extract from Black seed aka Kalonji) can effectively treat COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Germany has followed France, the UK and the US in directing its coronavirus anger at China, and claims Beijing is responsible for the global pandemic and even issued a US$163bn invoice as “damages”.

Germany’s largest tabloid newspaper, Bild, in an op-ed this week drew up an itemized invoice for €149bn (£130b).

The list includes a €27 billion charge for lost tourism revenue, up to €7.2 billion for the German film industry, a million euros an hour for German airline Lufthansa and €50 billion for German small businesses.

Bild calculated that this amounts to €1,784 (£1,550) per person if Germany’s GDP falls by 4.2 percent, under the title “What China owes us.”

China responded by claiming the invoice “stirs up xenophobia and nationalism”.

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