A World Health Organisation official said that the coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and most probably jumped to humans via an intermediary species.
WHO food safety and animal diseases expert Peter Ben Embarek made this statement after he and WHO’s team completed their investigation. WHO sent it’s team to the possible origins of the coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first cases were discovered in December 2019.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology also collected many numbers of samples and then studied it and reached onto the conclusion that china is not responsible for the outbreak of corona virus. China has strongly denied that possibility and has promoted unproven theories that the virus may have originated elsewhere.
The WHO team that includes experts from 10 nations has visited hospitals, research institutes, also held the same. The visit by the WHO team took months to negotiate after China only agreed to it amid massive international pressure at the World Health Assembly meeting last May, and Beijing has continued to deny calls for a strictly independent investigation.
Chinese authorities have kept a tight hold on information about the possible causes of the pandemic that has now sickened more than 105 million people and killed more than 2.2 million worldwide.