The Daily Caller was informed by the leader of the State Department investigation into Covid-19 that the wife of one of the researchers working in the Wuhan Institute of Virology died of Covid-like symptoms in December 2019.
From the Daily Caller:
It would have been an early clue that the virus could be transmitted among humans, yet Chinese authorities said that the virus was not transmissible for at least a month after they knew it was, allowing it to spread, according to David Asher, who led an investigation on COVID-19’s origins and served in the State Department under Democrat and Republican presidents.
China reported in mid-January that the virus was transmissible among humans.
An individual who worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the time provided the information on the lab researcher’s wife dying, according to Asher.
A Wall Street Journal story on Sunday reported that three Wuhan lab workers were hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Dec. 8. The story’s main findings, that WIV workers had possible COVID-19 symptoms in fall 2019, before the first confirmed case, were already in a State Department statement on COVID-19’s origins released in the last days of the Trump administration.
The member of the State Department who gave this information to the Daily Caller was t he lead of the investigation under the Trump Administration. The State Department has also said the China blocked any interviews with researchers from occurring.