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  • The initial cluster of cases has been linked to a food market in the city, though the exact source of the initial infections is unknown.
  • President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have floated the idea that the virus may have originated from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.
  • China has repeatedly denied the possibility the coronavirus leaked from the lab, and many virologists have said it is unlikely.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will be sending a team to China to investigate the origins of the coronavirus that has infected more than 10 million people and left more than 500,000 dead globally. 

“We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started, “ WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a news briefing Monday


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“We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that. We hope that will lead into understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare,” Tedros said. 


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President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have floated the idea that the virus may have originated from a virology lab in Wuhan, China. China has repeatedly denied the possibility the coronavirus leaked from the lab, and many virologists have said it is unlikely. 

The Trump administration has said it is leaving WHO over its handling of the outbreak, and has called for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. 

The initial cluster of cases has been linked to a food market in the city, which serves as a major manufacturing and transportation hub, though the exact source of the initial infections is unknown.

The announcement came as WHO officials marked that the outbreak started six months ago and is far from over. 

“The reality is this is not close to being over,” Tedros said. “Globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.” 


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Published on Jun 29, 2020