Wuhan, China

A team of international scientists investigating the origins of COVID-19 have said it is highly unlikely that the virus came from a laboratory, a theory continually pushed by former US President Donald Trump.

Peter Ben Embarek, head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) joint mission, said at a press briefing that it was “extremely unlikely” the virus leaked from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

He added that more work must be done to identify the source of the virus. Dr Embarek’s comments come as the WHO-China joint mission is winding down.

The Chinese city of Wuhan was propelled onto the global stage after it became the first place in the world to detect the virus. Since then, more than 106 million cases and 2.3 million deaths have been reported worldwide.

In Dr Embarek’s remarks, he revealed that the investigation had uncovered new information, but it did not significantly change the picture of the outbreak.

Experts are confident the virus is likely to have originated in animals, before spreading to humans.

Dr Embarek said investigations into the origins of the virus pointed to a “natural reservoir” of COVID-19 in bats, but that it was unlikely that this happened in Wuhan.

Featured Image:

Wuhan, China 

Related

The end of pesky liquids restrictions in airport hand luggage? UK airports could ditch rules by 2024

November 24, 2022
by Helena Grech

The UK Government is considering rolling out more advanced scanners by mid-2024, sources told the BBC

Paris overtakes London as most valuable stock market in Europe

November 15, 2022
by Robert Fenech

The UK is the only G7 nation whose economy is still smaller than it was before the pandemic

Primark goes online, rules out deliveries…for now

November 14, 2022
by Robert Fenech

The British retail giant has opted for a click-and-collect system