Covid-19 ‘natural in origin’, WHO after Trump says he’s seen evidence virus started in Chinese lab

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated that the new coronavirus was of natural origin after the United States President Donald Trump claimed he had seen evidence it originated in a Chinese lab.     

Scientists believe the deadly virus jumped from animals to humans, emerging in China late last year, possibly from a market in Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.     

Trump claimed Thursday that he had seen evidence that gave him confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was actually the source of the outbreak, although he refused to give details.

When asked about the Trump’s statement, WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan stressed that the UN health agency had “listened again and again to numerous scientists who have looked at the sequences” of the coronavirus.

“We are assured that this virus is natural in origin,” he said, reiterating a stance the UN agency has expressed previously.

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