WHO expert in Wuhan says lab leak ‘very unlikely’ as COVID source

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Two women wear protective suits as they walk on a street near the closed Xinfadi market in Beijing on June 13, 2020. - Eleven residential estates in south Beijing have been locked down due to a fresh cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the Xinfadi meat market, officials said on June 13. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

The head of the World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19, Peter Ben Embarek, said on Tuesday that it was “very unlikely” that a leak from a laboratory was the source of the outbreak.

During its investigation in the central Chinese city where the virus first emerged, the team visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the subject of a number of conspiracy theories that claim a lab leak caused the city’s outbreak.

REUTERS