US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that coronavirus infection is of animal origin. This was announced on Tuesday, April 21, at a briefing in Geneva by WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib.
“When you are dealing with a new virus, such as this one, you can expect the appearance of many conspiracy theories in the media and social networks. But I can say that all the evidence now available indicates that this virus is of animal origin,” Chaib saying.
She emphasized that coronavirus was not the result of manipulation and was not created in the laboratory.
“It is most likely that its ecological reservoir is located in bats, but the way in which the virus got from bats to humans needs to be clarified,” the representative of WHO said.
Shaib added that the World Health Organization welcomes the efforts of all countries to find out the exact origin of the coronavirus. At the moment, according to her, several groups of specialists are engaged in solving this problem.
Earlier in the day, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Takeshi Kasai, mentioned during an online press conference , that the final conclusions regarding the origin of coronavirus had not yet been made.
The theory that SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus could be transmitted from bats to humans through stray dogs sounded by scientists at the University of Ottawa in Canada last week.
Fox News said on April 16 that the first coronavirus infected was working in the laboratory of the Virology Institute in Wuhan, China. It was from there that the virus allegedly leaked .
According to Worldometer data , on April 21, more than 2.53 million cases of the disease were registered on the planet, more than 174 thousand people died, 667 thousand were cured.
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