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Rising mortality as Africa marks one year of COVID-19

Rising mortality as Africa marks one year of COVID-19”

Tedros said members of a World Health Organization expert mission who recently visited China to investigate the possible source of the outbreak would publish a summary of their findings next week.

In addition to sampling more wild animal reservoirs - especially bats - in and outside China, Ben Embarek suggested re-testing samples using "new approaches" to blood tests and looking for more early cases that went undetected in Wuhan in December 2019.

Second, they gave credence to theories promoted by China, but viewed skeptically by many independent experts, that COVID-19 may have been imported from somewhere else, possibly through frozen meat.

The remarks were made at the WHO's daily press conference in Geneva.

New variants are likely to emerge as the virus continues to spread so preventive measures must be maintained even as Africa gears up to start vaccinations against the virus. But he added that scientists are still "far away from understanding the origin and identifying animal species and, or the pathways from which the virus could have entered the human in December".

Chinese scientists and the WHO's team of worldwide researchers said this week that the coronavirus most likely first appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, and an alternate theory that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab was unlikely.

Peter Ben Embarek, the leader of the World Health Organization mission, said Friday the labs in Wuhan that his team visited stated they had not been working with the virus that causes COVID-19, or had it in their collections before the outbreak.

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Ghebreyesus said this at a briefing on Friday monitored by our correspondent. "The supply chains to the Huanan seafood market were extensive, they were coming in from other countries, they were coming in from various parts of China, so to really trace that back it's going to take some work".

What was the laboratory theory?

"The Chinese military ordered scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to experiment with coronaviruses starting as far back as 2017, " Ratcliffe said, bolstering Pompeo's statements.

In April, US state department cables came to light suggesting that embassy officials were anxious about biosecurity there.

"We are concerned obviously with the numbers of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus that the numbers, just by the magnitude of the pandemic, will impact health systems", he said.

He said, "The number of reported COVID-19 cases globally has declined for the first week in a row and the number of deaths has declined for the second consecutive week".

Eager to deflect global criticism over its initial handling of the outbreak, China has also amplified studies suggesting some COVID-19 cases emerged in Italy and other countries in late 2019.



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