All available evidence on the origin of the Coronavirus now indicates an animal origin. Takeshi Kasai, the Western Pacific’s regional director for the World Health Organization WHO, said this during an online press conference this morning.
Scientists believe that the Coronavirus has passed from animal to human. The first people infected with the Coronavirus were visitors to a large food market in Wuhan city.
There, bats, snakes, civets, other wildlife, fish and seafood are sold in large numbers and often under unsanitary conditions.
Animals were also identified as carriers of the virus during the Sars virus outbreak earlier this millennium.
However, according to the World Health Organization, it remains impossible to pinpoint the exact source of the Coronavirus.
It was previously suggested that bats or pangolins were the sources, but no concrete evidence has ever been found. Stephen Turner, a microbiology professor at Monash University in Melbourne, tells The Guardian that the virus probably came from bats.