MORE than a third of Spaniards believe the coronavirus was created in a laboratory in China.

According to a study by the University of Cambridge, 37% of the Spanish population believe COVID-19 came from a lab in Wuhan, the epicentre of the pandemic.

The study by the prestigious university surveyed thousands of people in the UK, US, Ireland, Mexico and Spain.

While a vast majority of people across all five countries did not believe the conspiracy theory, the research showed that certain theories have taken hold.

The Wuhan lab theory was the most believed with between 22% and 23% of people in the UK and US finding it ‘reliable’.

This number rose to 26% in Ireland, while in Mexico and Spain it jumped to 33% and 37% respectively, reported Europa Press.

The coronavirus currently wreaking havoc around the world first infected people in Wuhan in December last year.

It is believed to have passed from animals to humans but the exact source of COVID-19 has yet to be determined by the scientific community.

A large proportion of scientists believe the virus may have come from bats, which are known to harbour a similar coronavirus.

What has not been discovered is how the disease transferred from bats to humans.

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