According to NBC News, the lull in cell phone activity occurred at a high-security area of China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology between October 7th and October 24th 2019. The London-based News Verification Unit adds there may have been a “hazardous event” sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11.
The document suggests that if there was a shutdown in the lab’s high-security area, it could be proof that the coronavirus might’ve accidentally emerged from the lab.
The document appears to account for only a small number of cellphones that one would expect to be located in a facility.
Experts remain skeptical. A US official told NBC News that the report’s data “looks really weak to me and some of the conclusions don’t make sense.”
It’s unclear who put together the document.
US officials said that US intelligence agencies had received other reports suggesting that there had been a shutdown at the lab.
US officials told NBC News that they are now going back to examine the data collected in October and November 2019, searching for signs that there might’ve been an anomaly there.