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WHO team in Wuhan say lab leak ‘extremely unlikely’ as Covid-19 source

The virus which causes Covid-19 is “extremely unlikely” to have entered the human population as a result of a laboratory-related incident, global health leaders have said.

Sars-CoV-2 “may have originated from zoonotic transmission”, a team of experts from China and the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded.

However, the “reservoir hosts” remain to be identified.

Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, leader of the WHO team investigating the origins of the virus in Wuhan, said, “The findings suggest lab incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus into the human population.”

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