A mission of scientists under the aegis of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Wuhan has estimated that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus probably passed on to humans from bats via other animals, the Associated Press agency, which obtained the draft mission report, said on Monday.
An international team of researchers, together with Chinese scientists, also assessed the hypothesis that the coronavirus could have escaped from a Wuhan laboratory as being “extremely unlikely,” the AP reports.
The findings cited are in line with expectations, but many questions remain unanswered. Mission members recommended further research into how the coronavirus hit humans, with the exception of the lab leak hypothesis.
The scientists completed their mission in Wuhan in mid-February, but the publication of a report on their work has been delayed. Initially, the WHO announced a summary of the most important findings in February, and later – the publication of the full report in mid-March. Last week, a WHO official said the report would be ready “in a few days”.
There has been speculation that the Chinese authorities are trying to influence the content of the report to avoid suggestions about the country’s responsibility for the outbreak of the pandemic, writes the Associated Press.
Lithuania is not slowing down and continues testing its inhabitants. According to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, people who interact directly with other people during their work must perform an antibody test. This week, there are almost 800 vacancies left to do the test, but not in the coming days.
Such a test must be performed by: arts and culture workers, athletes, food service workers, retailers, leisure and / or entertainment workers (swimming pools and saunas, game rooms, cinemas and cinema clubs, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues, casinos, betting shops, beauty services and accommodation).
You can register for the research by calling 1808 or electronically by completing the form at https://selfreg.myhybridlab.com.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is dissatisfied with how the federal states implemented the so-called emergency brake. “Some people are not aware of the gravity of the situation,” she told ARD TV on Sunday night. “We actually have a new pandemic,” said the chancellor.
The new virus is more aggressive, contagious and deadly.
Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that the länder are committed to the effective and rapid implementation of joint resolutions on restrictions in the pandemic. “We have to break the third wave,” she said on the Anne Will show.
Referring to the failure of some federal states to rigorously implement the so-called safety brake (the restoration of hard lockdown restrictions starting from the value of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week – ed.), she said: “There are several federal states that have a very broad interpretation of (the regulations) and I am not satisfied with this.” Above 100 cases, there is no discretion in making decisions, emphasized Merkel.
As key measures against the pandemic, she cited restrictions on exits and contacts, more working from home, and a comprehensive testing strategy – directly in schools and businesses.