ALGIERS- Coronavirus is ‘very likely’ to have passed to humans from a bat to humans via an unidentified intermediate animal species, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.
According to the findings, evidence suggests Sars-CoV-2 emerged naturally in bats before passing to humans via an unconfirmed intermediary animal host .
The WHO team state that “it remains to be determined where SARS-CoV-2 originated”, however the intermediate host hypothesis was rated “likely to very likely”.
On another level, the possibility that COVID-19 emerged from one of the virus laboratories in Wuhan, where Covid-19 first outbroke in late 2019, was deemed “extremely unlikely”.
It dismissed the theory that coronavirus was deliberately engineered or released by a lab.
Noting that the rreport is based on a visit by a WHO team of international experts and scientists to Wuhan from mid-January to mid-February 2021.