MOSCOW, February 7 – RIA Novosti. World Health Organization experts investigating the origin of the coronavirus have found “important clues” in Wuhan. Bloomberg reports.
According to a member of the mission, zoologist Peter Dashak from New York, scientists made a number of findings during a survey of the local seafood market. A group of 14 people worked together with Chinese experts and visited hot spots where the first cases of infection could arise.
A lack of understanding of how the coronavirus spread from bats to humans has fueled speculation that the virus may have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where the laboratory with the highest degree of protection is located. These guesses have been disproved by Dashak and other scientists, the report said.
The theory that the source of the first infections was the meat and seafood market in Wuhan is also questionable, as further research has identified cases of COVID-19 unrelated to the location. However, experts delved deeper and found “key clues” about the role of the market in this process. At the same time, Dashak has so far refused to share the details of the investigation. He expects the main results to be published before his departure on February 10th.
The scientist also noted that viruses are transmitted “confusingly” and it will take a long time to track the entire path.
“What I saw already tells me that there are real clues about what happened, and I hope that we can provide an accurate explanation by the end of this trip,” he concluded.