The World Well being Group stated Friday it was too early to draw any conclusions from its mission to Wuhan as to whether or not the Covid-19 pandemic began in China, AFP stories.
A group of WHO specialists arrived in Wuhan on 14 January to begin probing the origins of the lethal coronavirus, greater than a 12 months after the primary instances have been detected within the central Chinese language metropolis.
They have been whisked to a resort to full a two-week quarantine.
China is braced for the scrutiny the skilled group of WHO scientists will carry to its virus narrative. Beijing has drip-fed the concept the pandemic began outdoors of its borders.
“All hypotheses are on the desk. And it’s undoubtedly too early to come to a conclusion of precisely the place this virus began, both inside or with out China,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan informed a press convention in Geneva.
“There are totally different … scientific observations in several components of the world… all of that is essential, as a result of it builds up an image.”
Nonetheless, he added: “This can be a massive jigsaw puzzle and you can not inform what the picture says by taking a look at one piece in a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle.”
The virus has killed greater than 2 million folks to date, contaminated tens of tens of millions of others and hammered the worldwide financial system.
The WHO says establishing the pathway of the virus from animals to people is important to stopping future outbreaks.
It says the probe ought to rightly begin the place the primary instances have been found, and comply with the path of clues from there.
“Let’s step again, let’s comply with the proof, let’s comply with the science. Our group are on the bottom, they’re having a very good expertise working with our Chinese language colleagues. We’re working by way of the information,” Ryan stated.
“The information will lead us to the subsequent section of the place we have now to go subsequent to have a look at the origins of this virus.
“It’s too early to come to any conclusion, however we consider we’re making some progress and we hope to proceed to achieve this within the curiosity of public well being sooner or later.”