The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report following a trip to Wuhan, China, to determine the origin of the coronavirus. As previously reported, the report says the pandemic is most likely not the result of a laboratory leak. The report was published on the website of the organization.
The document’s content coincides with what was unofficially released the day before: the WHO concluded that the virus came to humans from bats through other animals. A similar coronavirus can be picked up by minks, pangolins, rabbits, raccoon dogs, domestic cats, martens and ferret badgers.
It was not possible to establish exactly where and when the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus appeared. As noted earlier, the link between COVID-19 and the Wuhan market has not been proven.
A WHO expert group studied the origin of the coronavirus in China a month earlier this year.
An outbreak of pneumonia COVID-19 caused by a new type of virus was first recorded at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, China. On March 11, 2020, WHO announced that the situation could be characterized as a pandemic. To date, over 127.3 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, of which more than 2.7 million have died.
Chinese authorities and scientists have repeatedly questioned the version of the origin of the virus in Wuhan. In particular, experts pointed to evidence of the emergence of coronavirus in Italy a few months before China’s first case.