“WHO has established a large team that will work together with Chinese scientists to analyse the origin of the virus.
“This virus lived in animals and at some point passed to humans. It’s hard to say when and where this happened. It’s being investigated. Viruses can be found in waste water. But nothing can be said specifically.”
Offering an alternate view, James Wood, Head of Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, said the idea the virus had been dormant was “weak”.
Instead, he claimed COVID-19 had been present in animals before humans, but there was some period of time before it was able to spread.
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