The virus is believed to have emerged in a market in Wuhan City late last year and would have jumped across the species barrier from the animal kingdom to infecting humans.
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China.- An advanced team from the World Health Organization (who) I travel to China to organize an investigation into the origins of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which sparked the outbreak of COVID-19said a spokeswoman.
The two experts sent by the who, animal health and epidemiology specialists, will work with Chinese scientists to determine the scope and itinerary of the investigation, said the spokeswoman for the who, Margaret Harris, During a briefing in Geneva.
« They have already left … they are the advanced group that will resolve the scope (of the investigation), » Harris said, adding that the work will involve negotiating on issues such as the composition of the entire team and what knowledge is required.
He added that one of the big issues that everyone is interested in, and « obviously that’s why we’re sending an animal health expert, is to examine whether or not the virus jumped from species to human, and from which species jump ».
« We know it is very, very similar to the virus in the bat, but did it go through intermediate species? It is a question that we all need answered. »