China imposes restrictions on research into origins of coronavirus

China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus. The restriction is imposed according to  a central government directive and online notices published by two Chinese universities that have since been removed from the web. Under the new policy, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication.

Studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials. Scientists in China and the West have said the virus is likely to have originated in bats and jumped to humans from an intermediate host .

Source: CNN