COVID-19 patient zero may have been Wuhan lab worker: WHO official

The patient zero of the COVID-19 pandemic may have been a lab worker from Wuhan specializing in research around SARS-COV-2 before its spread to the whole world, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) lead investigator.

“An employee (of a laboratory) infected in the field taking samples falls under one of the likely hypotheses. This is where the virus passes directly from bats to humans,” Peter Embarek, head of the delegation of international scientists sent to China by the WHO to detect the origin of Covid-19, told the Danish public channel TV2.

In a documentary entitled “The mystery of the virus – a Dane in search of the truth in China” broadcast on the Danish channel on Thursday, the scientist confides at length on the mission he led in Wuhan and is very critical of China.

The first phase of the study, conducted at the start of the year in Wuhan – considered the cradle of the pandemic –, however, concluded on March 29 that the hypothesis of a laboratory incident remained “extremely unlikely.”

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