The World Health Organization (WHO) said that all available evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus originated in bats in China late last year and it was not manipulated or constructed in a lab.
US President Donald Trump said last week that his government was trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a lab in Wuhan, in central China.
Globally, more than 2.4 million people have been diagnosed with the virus. More than 170,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a Geneva news briefing. “It is probable, likely that the virus is of animal origin.”
The WHO said the virus, which has killed over 170,000 people globally, likely originated from bats in China.
Source : Aljazeera