The world health organization (WHO) believes that the coronavirus infection is of animal origin. This was stated on Tuesday, April 21, at a briefing in Geneva by WHO official representative Fadela shaib.
“When dealing with a new virus like this, you can expect a lot of conspiracy theories to appear in the media and social networks. But I can say that all the evidence now available suggests that this virus is of animal origin.
She stressed that the coronavirus was not the result of manipulation and was not created in a laboratory.
“It is most likely that its ecological reservoir is in bats, but how the virus got from bats to humans remains to be determined,” the who representative 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 this task.
Earlier in the day, who regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai mentioned in an online press conference that final conclusions regarding the origin of the coronavirus have not yet been made.
The theory that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus could be transmitted from bats to humans through stray dogs was voiced by scientists at the University of Ottawa in Canada last week.
Fox News channel said on April 16 that the first person infected with the coronavirus worked in the laboratory Of the Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China. It is from there that the virus allegedly leaked.
The spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, began in late December last year in Wuhan, China.
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, and 667 thousand were cured.