WHO chief reiterates corona-virus had a natural origin

WHO chief reiterates corona-virus had a natural origin

The World Health Organisation reiterated on Friday that the new corona-virus was of natural origin after U.S President Donald Trump claimed he had seen evidence it originated in a Chinese lab.

Scientists believe the killer virus jumped from animals to humans, emerging in China late last year, possibly from a market in human selling exotic animals for meat. Trump claimed Thursday that he had seen proof that the Wuhan Insitute of Virology was the source of the outbreak, although to give details.

Asked about Trump’s claims during a virtual press conference, 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 virus.”We are assured that this virus is natural in origin,” he said, reiterating a stance the UN agency has expressed previously.

The WHO said earlier Friday that it wanted to be invited to take part in Chinese investigation into the animal origins of the pandemic, which in a matter of months has killed more than 230,000 people worldwide.”What is important is that we establish what that natural host for this virus is,” Ryan said, stressing the need to understand “how the animals-human species barrier was breached,”.

“And the purpose of understanding that is that we can put in place the necessary prevention and public health measure to prevent that happening again anywhere,” he added.WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meanwhile continued Friday to push back against criticism lobbed at his organization, by Trump in particular, who suspended Washington funding after accusing the UN agency of downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak and kowtowing to China.

WHO didn’t waste time

Tedros said the WHO had sounded the highest level of alert by declaring that the COVID-10 outbreak constituted a “public health emergency of international concerns” on Jan 30, when there were no deaths and only 82 cases registered outside China.

While maintaining the global alert level, the experts made a range of general recommendations on how the WHO and countries should adjust their response to the pandemic. It called among other things for broad cooperation to “identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human populations.”

It also called on WHO to “update recommendations on appropriate travel measures” linked to the outbreak and to consider “the balance between benefits and unintended consequences” such as the difficulties of transporting humanitarian aid when so flights are grounded.

Unnati Tiwari

Unnati Tiwari is a content writer with focus on new technology. She is passionate about helping people to accomplish their needs.,Pursing Graduation from Banasthali University . "Your time is limited , so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma- which is living with the result of other people thinking .Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.They somehow already know what you truly want to become ."

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