A BRITISH teacher who was evacuated from coronavirus ‘ground zero’ in Wuhan has gone back to China – saying he feels safer there than in the UK.
PE teacher Kharn Lambert, 31, is now being held under strict quarantine for the second time in six months. Once out, he hopes to resume his life in Wuhan, where the deadly virus originated.
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Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China in December, before rapidly spreading across the globe and infecting millions.
Scientists believe the virus first originated in bats before spreading to humans in Wuhan, possibly at one of the city’s so-called wet markets.
Conspiracy theories about its origins persist however, with governments suggesting it may have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.
Speaking exclusively to the Sun Online from a hotel in Guangzhou, Southern China, Kharn – originally from Lancaster – said: “I came back because I believe the chances of me getting Covid here are far less than if I stayed in Britain.
“Yes the virus originated here. But the Chinese authorities got on top of it straight away and introduced strict lockdown measures almost immediately to control the spread of the virus and even closed their borders.
“That is why China has been able to get back to some sort of normality much quicker than the rest of the world.
“There has been too much dilly-dallying from the UK government and it has cost far more lives than was necessary. That’s why I am back.”
Mr Lambert said the UK should have closed the borders sooner and introduced tighter lockdowns.
“Why put those evacuated from Wuhan and the cruise ships into quarantine, if you were going to just left every Tom, Dick and Harry enter the country, some coming from the most affected countries at the time? It never made any sense to me,” he said.
Kharn was among a group of 83 Brits evacuated from China in January.
He spent two weeks at Arrowe Park hospital on the Wirral in Birkenhead.
The facility was dubbed “Camp Corona” by those inside because people could order takeaways and spend their time playing pool.
But he says lockdown in China is far stricter.
“In the UK it was more relaxed even though the facility did look more like a prison from the outside,” Kharn said.
“We could order things and have things sent to us, we were able to go out into the courtyard for exercise and even interact with others.
“Here in China, it is much more strict, we cannot leave our rooms under any circumstances, well unless the building is burning down. And if we don’t follow the rules we will feel the full force of the law.
“Go walkabouts and you can expect a big fine and being ordered to start isolation from the beginning. So my plan is to get my head down and get through it.”
A report released in June showed China knew Covid-19 was a “clearly contagious” coronavirus in December – yet they failed to inform global health authorities.
At least five laboratories in the country confirmed the existence of the deadly bug yet Beijing did not tell officials at the World Health Organisation for another ten days.
The regime also waited until January 20 to admit that coronavirus could be transmitted from human to human.
One team in China found that the virus was “clearly contagious” while another lab unravelled its genetic make-up – key to developing tests and vaccines.
Yet President Xi’s government stayed silent.
Covid-19 has killed more than 800,000 people since, and many countries in Europe are now bracing for a devastating second wave of the virus.
A data leak appeared to show the Chinese Communist Party “purged” a key database about the coronavirus from the Wuhan lab linked to the pandemic, an expert claimed.
Cyber security expert Robert Potter said analysis of the leaked figures showed “major discrepancies” with the data China gave to the World Health Organisation.
Meanwhile, a scientist dubbed “Patient Zero” who vanished from the Wuhan virus lab shortly after the first Covid-19 outbreak is being hunted by US authorities.
Washington’s leading health body is demanding answers from the infamous Wuhan Institute of Virology – the facility which houses zoonotic bat diseases such as coronaviruses.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) dramatically pulled funding from US charity EcoHealth Alliance which supports the Chinese research facility.
And in a letter to the charity last month, Michael Lauer, the NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, wants an explanation over “the apparent disappearance of Huang Yanling.”
Lauer said the female scientist had worked at the Wuhan facility before her “web presence” was “deleted.”
The young scientist had been identified as “Patient Zero” on social media after the pandemic spread across Wuhan – a city with a population of 11 million.
Last week, disturbing images emerged showing swimmers in Wuhan crammed together for a massive pool party.
Hundreds of people were seen packed shoulder-to-shoulder at the water park music festival.