WHO calls for 'scientific-based' not political inquiry into virus origin

"...we would like to see scientists at the center of the exploration of the source of this, science needs to be at the center, science will find the answers," Ryan said.

Britain said on Monday that China has questions to answer over the information it shared about the novel coronavirus outbreak, but refused to comment on reports that a U.S.-led intelligence consortium had accused Beijing of a cover-up.

The United States has scaled up its rhetoric over Chinese culpability for the novel coronavirus in recent days, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying on Sunday there was evidence the disease emerged from a Chinese lab.