World Health Organization chief: all hypotheses still open on COVID origins

WHO chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

Earlier this week Peter Ben Embarek, who led the team of independent experts in its almost month-long visit to the Chinese city of Wuhan - where the outbreak first emerged at a seafood market in late 2019 - said the team's work had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed their picture of the outbreak.

"The laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely", he said.

"In the second wave as cases surged far beyond the peak experienced in the first wave, health facilities have become overwhelmed", the WHO said.

The head of the World Health Organization said Friday that the drop in confirmed COVID-19 infections around the world was encouraging, but cautioned against relaxing restrictions that have helped curb the spread of the coronavirus.

"The expert team is working on a summary report which we hope will be published next week, and the final report will be published in the coming weeks".

He credited the declines to stringent public health measures being implemented.

"They showed us a couple of examples, but that's not the same as doing all of them, which is standard epidemiological investigation", said Dominic Dwyer, an Australian microbiologist on the World Health Organization team.

WHO chief warns of complacency as global virus cases drop

"Given the scale of the pandemic, we expect many people to be affected by post Covid-19 condition", said Tedros. We have always said that this mission would not find all the answers, but it has added important information that takes us closer to understanding the origins of the virus.

"The U.S. independently examining the WHO's data? You know, I guess one accepts that on face value", Dwyer said with resigned skepticism. "Part of the challenge is that patients with long Covid can have a range of different symptoms that can be persistent or can come and go".

The case report form - which is available in multiple languages - had been created to report standardised clinical data from individuals after they have left hospital or after recovering from acute illness.

Price continued, "Clearly, the Chinese, at least heretofore, had not offered the requisite transparency that we need-and that, just as importantly, the worldwide community needs-so that we can prevent these sorts of pandemics from ever happening again".

The agreement is on behalf of the COVAX platform, primarily for developing nations, set up by the WHO, The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.

During the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Weekly Press Briefing on COVID-19 held virtually on January 21, John Nkengasong, Director of said that "the Covid-19 case fatality rate in Africa begins to be very worrying and concerning all of us", appealing for oxygen support to Covid-19 patients.



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