The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the planet amounts to 1.05 million, while the deceased are 56 thousand 985 in 207 countries and territories, according to figures from the World Health organization (WHO).
United States it is the country with the highest number of cases, with 291 thousand, followed by Spain (124.000) and Italy (119.000), according to the figures provided by their health authorities.
In deaths, it is Italy who still tops the list, with 14 thousand 681 deaths, and after she stood Spain (11 thousand 744) and the united States (7 thousand 844).
Where did the virus?
Since the emergence of the new strain of coronavirus, experts have tried to find out where and how it came about.
The first reports indicated that the Covid-19 appeared in a food market of the city of Wuhan, China.
However, theories conspiradoras point to the scientific american, Charles Lieber as the responsible for creating and spread the virus that has generated thousands of deaths around the world.
The united states investigates Lieber
American prosecutors accused a senior academic of the University of Harvard to hide his alleged role in a program of the chinese government that, according to security officials steal trade secrets.
The arrest Tuesday of an american, Charles Lieber, the director of the department of chemistry and chemical biology from Harvard, specializing in nanoscience, is the latest development in a long saga for alleged theft of intellectual property.
The american justice investigates hundreds of cases of alleged theft on the part of chinese scientists working in the united States or are visiting the country.
Two other scientists, both chinese, were also indicted on Tuesday, said the Justice department in a press release.
One is a science student from the University of Boston, according to prosecutors not reported to u.s. immigration officials that he was also a member of the chinese armed forces, the People’s Liberation Army.
The other is a researcher on cancer, accused of trying to pull out of the united States in their stockings 21 vials that contained biological research. He was arrested in the Boston airport on the 30th of December.
The arrest of Lieber, of 60 years, is unusual because it is not of chinese origin, and is a prominent figure in one of the universities most respected in the world.
Prosecutors claim that China used to Lieber as “scientific strategist” and paid him a salary of $ 50,000 per month, as well as up to 158.000 dollars a year in expenses. They also say that received more than $ 1.5 million to install a laboratory at the University of Technology of Wuhan.
Ensure that Lieber lied twice about his affiliation with the University of Wuhan, and he said not to be involved in the Plan of Thousand Talents by the chinese government. As a recipient of more than $ 15 million in government funds for research, Lieber had to report on any potential conflicts of financial interest abroad, including financial support from governments or foreign entities.
By: Writing Digital The Herald Mexico