China’s latest potential culprit in its search for foreign coronavirus sources? Auto parts packaging

China’s latest potential culprit in its search for foreign coronavirus sources? Auto parts packaging

Hong Kong(CNN)More than a year since the coronavirus pandemic began, while a surprising — and frustrating — number of points remain unclear, one thing is certain: the first major outbreak was in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

While scientists are still examining the exact origins of the virus, whether or not it came from bats or another animal, how it mutated to become so infectious and so deadly, and how long it was around before the initial outbreak, that Wuhan was the initial epicenter is undeniable.

Equally undeniable, is how effectively the city has rebounded, just last week hosting a New Year’s party as much of the world remains in effective lockdown — a success that has become a major point of pride in China.

As the country has moved past its initial mishandling of the virus — officials appear to have downplayed its severity and the potential for a pandemic, preventing an effective response until too late — Beijing has reveled in contrasting its own successes with the situation in other countries, particularly the United States.