WHO investigation team says it has discovered important clues on COVID-19 origin

Published on February 8, 2021 by

The WHO-led investigation team looking into the origin of COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan have uncovered fresh, important clues.
The team expects to present a summary of their findings prior to leaving the city in a couple of days.
Kim Hyo-sun reports
Scientists from the WHO looking for clues about the origin of the novel coronavirus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the outbreak,… say they have found meaningful evidence at the Huanan Seafood Market.
“The Huanan Seafood Market has been in particularly important site to look into. So we’ve traced back sample custody into the labs that then produce sequences and we’ve looked at different sequences and tried to trace back to where those samples came from, which patients, etc. It’s been really quite informative, quite interesting and no big issues in getting access and getting information and sitting down with our colleagues.”
Speaking to the AP, the expert added the team has concluded site visits and will spend the next few days going through the data.
The scientist also underscored that the probe could be a turning point in pandemic mitigation,… explaining that the team has collected an extensive amount of data.
“We’re tracing back from the first cases and following what happened out coming out of that Huanan Seafood Market which largely involved in the investigation, which took us to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, but when we sat down with the staff for the Q&A it was a wide-ranging question and answering session and it was extremely frank.”
Chinese scientists, however, insist there’s no evidence that COVID-19 originated from the seafood market.
They claim the market was the site of a super-spreader event where the outbreak was amplified.
The WHO-led investigation team will be consulting with Chinese authorities to release the main findings before their departure on Wednesday.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

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