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WHO report expected next month on Wuhan mission to find cause of COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said the findings of its mission to Wuhan, China to investigate the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 are expected by the middle of this month.
 
Ben Embarek, who headed the mission, told a Geneva news briefing the current timing is the week of the 15th. 
 
Mr. Embarek, a WHO expert on diseases that cross from animals to humans, had said at the end of the mission last month that the virus probably originated in bats, although it was not certain how it reached humans. 
 
He also effectively ruled out a lab leak.  
 
WHO officials had earlier said the mission might issue a summary report before its full findings were ready. 
 
This is no longer planned.
 
 


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