Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded on Monday that it is "likely to very likely" that the coronavirus reached humans from a bat through an "intermediary animal," APA reports citing Teletrader.
They also stated that it is "extremely unlikely" that the virus was first transmitted following an incident in a laboratory.
The team added that, given the role of farm animals as intermediate hosts, "there is a need for further surveys of a larger geographic scope." The conclusions follow an investigation started on January 14, when a team tasked with tracing the origins of the pandemic arrived in China. The experts previously found no indications of COVID-19 in China before December 2019.