WHO urges countries to investigate early COVID-19 cases

Health-care workers assist a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Centrerin Arles, France, on April 15. A French hospital that retested old samples from pneumonia patients discovered that it treated a man who had COVID-19 as early as Dec. 27, nearly a month before the French government confirmed its first cases. 
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Date of Publication: May 5, 2020

Source: CBC

The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to investigate early cases of COVID-19 after a report that the virus first emerged in France in December of 2019, contrary to previous beliefs that it did not spread to Europe until January of 2020. After retesting old samples from pneumonia patients, a French hospital discovered that it had treated a man with COVID-19 as early as December 27. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier has also encouraged other countries to check for pneumonia cases of unspecified origin in late 2019. Lindmeier has expressed that it is important to explore the origins of the virus, which scientists believe is of animal origin. In contrast, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that the U.S. has evidence that the virus came from a lab in Wuhan.

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Summary by: Christina Blagojevic