ADDIS ABABA – The World Health Organization says today all available evidence suggests the coronavirus originated in bats and was not a “laboratory construct”.
Reports in the US say the United States government is looking into the possibility that the novel coronavirus spread from a Chinese laboratory rather than a market.
“At this stage, it is not possible to determine precisely the source of the virus which caused the COVID-19 pandemic,” WHO’s spokesperson Fadela Chaib said at a briefing in Geneva today.
“However, all available evidence suggests that the virus has a natural animal origin and is not a manipulated or constructed virus. The virus most probably has its ecological reservoir in bats.”
“Many researchers have been able to look at its genomic features — and they have found that the evidence does not support the idea that the underlying virus is a laboratory construct.”
In Africa, over 23,000 COVID-19 cases have so far been reported, with over 5,900 recoveries and 1,100 deaths.