US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that the first cases of coronavirus infection in the world could be back in December 2019, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said at a briefing. Earlier, French resuscitator Yves Cohen said that the first patient with COVID-19 could appear in France on December 27.
The doctor said that the analyzes of several patients with pneumonia hospitalized in December and January were re-examined, and the analysis of one patient gave a positive result for coronavirus.
The WHO called this an “interesting discovery.” “It will help to better understand the potential spread of COVID-19. <…> The earliest cases of the virus were reported in early December. So it is possible that infected people from Wuhan traveled to other countries. It is also possible that more early cases will be detected as countries test cases,” said a WHO spokesperson.
The spread of coronavirus began in China. To date, more than 3.5 million people have become ill around the world , over 251.5 thousand people have died from COVID-19. In late April, WHO announced that the coronavirus pandemic was far from over. The organization believes that the spread of COVID-19 cannot be stopped without a vaccine. Dozens of laboratories around the world are working on its creation.
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