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WHO says coronavirus likely transmitted from bats to humans

04:32 PM | 29 Mar, 2021
WHO says coronavirus likely transmitted from bats to humans

The World Health Organisation (WHO) carried out a joint study with China to identify the origins of COVID-19 and in the findings, they have agreed that the transmission of the virus from bats to humans and other animals is the most likely scenario and that claims of a lab is “extremely unlikely”.

The findings have left many questions unanswered and the team has proposed further research in all areas except the lab leak hypothesis as they said it was not the case.

In January, a team of scientists was picked by the WHO to visit hospitals and research institutes in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first identified, to search for clues about the origins of COVID-19.

The researchers listed four scenarios in order of likelihood for the emergence of the coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2. Topping the list of transmission of the virus was through bats or another animal, which they said was most likely. They evaluated that direct spread from bats to humans is likely and also did not rule out the possibility of spread through “cold-chain” food products but not “extremely likely”.

Carrying out tests on bats revealed that they carry coronaviruses and, in fact, the closest relative of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in them. However, the report says that “the evolutionary distance between these bat viruses and SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be several decades, suggesting a missing link.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 13 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 13, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024


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