- The World Health Organization will launch a new investigation into the origin of Kovid
- A new team of experts including experts on laboratory safety will be appointed
- They will investigate whether the corona virus leaked from the lab in Wuhan?
The World Health Organization will launch a new investigation into the origins of the Kovid outbreak and investigate whether the virus originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
A new team of experts will be appointed, including experts in biosafety, laboratory safety, genetics and how viruses spread to humans. wall street journal Report.
They will look into whether the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan in late 2019 – a claim refuted by China, which also wants the WHO to investigate whether the virus originated in another country Is.
This comes after US President Joe Biden ordered intelligence agencies to investigate the ‘lab leak’ theory.
A WHO spokesman said the new team’s “priority should be data and access to the country where the first report was identified”.
The earlier investigation recommended that China investigate suspected coronavirus cases as soon as possible, with the team claiming in its final report that the data provided by the country was insufficient.
Western intelligence agencies had dismissed the ‘remote’ possibility that the laboratory – where research into bat-derived coronaviruses is conducted – played a role. Image: Researchers in a laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, Hubei Province, central China, February 2017
The news came as both the death toll and the number of cases increased on Sunday as compared to last week’s figures.
Infections rose to 32,417 and the death toll from the virus rose by 3.5 percent compared to last Sunday, which saw 58 deaths. There were 29,612 new cases and 56 deaths last week.
Separate data suggested that Covid infections eased last week despite fears that the new school term would soon lead to an autumn growth.
Testing by the Office for National Statistics showed that one in 90 people in England had the virus, with a total of about 620,100 infected.
This is 18 per cent lower than a fortnight ago, when one in 70 tested positive and the estimated total infections stood at 754,000.
The weekly ONS survey, based on a random swab test of 150,000 people, is seen by the government as the most reliable measure of the pandemic.
To date, 122 more people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid, bringing the UK total to 136,105, the government said.
Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that 160,000 deaths have now been recorded in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on death certificates.
The government said that as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, there were 31,348 lab-confirmed COVID cases in the UK.
Hoping the pandemic may be over, government scientists said the R rate – the average number infected by someone infected with the virus – could fall below one for the first time since March. In England the R is between 0.8 and 1, meaning the epidemic is shrinking.
ONS study leader Kara Steele said: ‘Infection levels in England have decreased for the first time in several weeks, although rates across the UK remain generally high.
‘It is encouraging that infection rates in young adults continue to decline, possibly reflecting the impact of the vaccination programme.’
Infections are highest among secondary school children, with almost one in 35 testing positive, reflecting the fact that many people in this age group are yet to be cured.
But the ONS report shows that cases have decreased or remained flat in every other age group.
Last week Boris Johnson said further restrictions could be needed under ‘Plan B’ this winter as scientists warned the virus could cripple the NHS again.
Number 10 declined to say when Plan B – including mandatory masks, vaccine passports and working from home – could be introduced.
But scientists have suggested that the NHS will begin to struggle if total hospital cases rise above 10,000.
The latest data shows that there has been a 16 per cent drop in admissions in the past one week and there are 7,124 Covid patients in the hospital – the lowest level since August.
Current English hospitalizations, 572 a day, are almost half of even the ‘best case scenario’ in the SEZ model.
Daily infections currently average 36,000, with another 35,623 cases and 180 deaths recorded yesterday.
Experts have warned that a back-to-school wave is still possible and England could follow the trajectory of Scotland, where cases recently hit record highs.
Professor James Naismith from Oxford University, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, said: ‘Very high prevalence is a concern in Scotland – it is almost twice as high as in England.
‘I have great hope that England will not reach the level seen in Scotland.’ He said: ‘Cases are concentrated at a much younger age, who are less likely to succumb to the disease and end up in hospital.
‘As a result of vaccination, the mortality rate is not going back … we saw earlier this year.’