Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) said the most likely cause of the coronavirus is its transmission to humans from bats through another animal, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Scientists point out that the virus was found in armadillos, minks and cats – these and other animals could transmit the virus to humans. The report indicates that very similar viruses have been found in pangolins, but minks and cats are also susceptible to this infection, so they could act as vectors.
The spread of the virus through food in the cold chain is possible, but unlikely, according to the researchers.
All these conclusions were made by WHO experts after visiting the Chinese city of Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first detected.
The version, according to which the pandemic is the result of a leak of material from the laboratory, is called unlikely by WHO and it is suggested not to investigate it.
In early January, experts from several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan to investigate the causes of the coronavirus.