Scientists in the US are pointing an accusing finger at China for allegedly manufacturing the virus in a lab in Wuhan.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said: “enormous evidence” showed the new coronavirus originated in a lab in China, further fueling tensions with Beijing over its handling of the outbreak.
It is believed that the virus jumped from animals to humans after emerging in China, possibly from a market in Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.
US President Donald Trump said that he had seen evidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source, appearing to echo speculation fueled by US right-wing radio commentators about a secret lab.
China denies the claims and even the US Director of National Intelligence office has said analysts are still examining the exact origin of the outbreak.
Some Democrats have said Trump is trying to shift blame to avoid responsibility for a slow response to the pandemic that has resulted in the US has by far the largest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
More than 245,000 people have been killed and 3.4 million infected worldwide by the virus, which has left half of humanity under some form of lockdown and pushed the global economy towards its worst downturn since the Great Depression.
Kenya has 465 confirmed cases so far, with 167 recoveries and 24 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.