Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.), linked the emergence of the coronavirus to the existence of a “superlaboratory” of the Chinese regime where “the most dangerous pathogens” in the world are investigated, according to Business Insider.

The deadly virus, which has already killed more than 500 people and infected more than 24,000, began its tragic visitation in the city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, in central China, where the country’s only level four laboratory is located: the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“This coronavirus is a catastrophe on the scale of Chernobyl for China,” Cotton also said, comparing it to the 1986 explosion at a nuclear plant in the Soviet Union, according to the Military Times.

For Cotton, the Chinese regime would have covered up both the origin of the dangerous virus and its severity.

Chinese officials were “lying about it from the very beginning,” Cotton said, as many theories are woven around the issue and videos of the disaster are released, which disprove the official figures.

For Dr. David Hui, an adviser to the World Health Organization, the case of the coronavirus is surrounded by unknowns that make it difficult to find a way to combat it.

It was not defined, as of Jan. 30, the date of his statements, how it is transmitted and it is assumed that it is through the small respiratory droplets that escape from infected people, and that come into contact with healthy people.

Nor is the animal origin of the contamination completely ruled out, but there is no certainty about that either.

No autopsies have been performed on the dead, so information about the onset of the disease and the organs it affects is very scarce, Hui added.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus continues to spread to more countries.

In China, a region with more than 50 million people is isolated, but some versions claim that the virus has spread to a larger area of the country.

“This is only going to get worse,” said Gordon Chang, author of the book “The Coming Collapse of China,” who added that control of the virus could take another three months, according to Fox News.