Earlier today, a joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 said that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario and that a lab leak is "extremely unlikely" reported AP.
This is expected to be identified as the most likely scenario while completely ruling out that the virus was released in or from a laboratory environment, stating that the possibility of deliberate release from a laboratory is "extremely unlikely".
World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the United Nations health agency had received the report over the weekend, adding that all theories on how the virus entered humans remained on the table.
Next likely is direct transmission from one of the animals known to carry a similar coronavirus, such as a bat or a pangolin.
The AP received what appeared to be a near-final version on Monday from a Geneva-based diplomat from a WHO-member country.
The experts tasked with probing Covid-19's origins only arrived there in January, more than a year after the first cases surfaced in the Chinese city in December 2019, sparking fears the trail had gone cold.
In the 15 months since the coronavirus emerged, the pandemic has engulfed the planet, killing almost 2.8 million people and pummelling the global economy. Chinese officials have suggested the virus could have originated in another country.
People in Britain rushed to pools and parks Monday to enjoy newfound freedoms as the government peeled back restrictions there, allowing small groups to gather, or sports activities to resume.
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"Although the closest related viruses have been found in bats, the evolutionary distance between these bat viruses and SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to be several decades, suggesting a missing link", the report reads.
But the highly-anticipated document offered few firm conclusions.
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"Transmission within the wider community in December could account for cases not associated with the Huanan market which, together with the presence of early cases not associated with that market, could suggest that the Huanan market was not the original source of the outbreak".
"No firm conclusion therefore about the role of the Huanan market in the origin of the outbreak, or how the infection was introduced into the market, can now be drawn", the report said.
Dutch virologist and team member Marion Koopmans rejected the focus on the unanswered questions, stressing on Twitter that the experts had presented a huge amount of information.
According to AFP agency, the report explored different hypotheses of the origin of the coronavirus pandemic and ranked them by probability.
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The experts examined only the theory that the natural virus escaped a lab through the accidental infection of staff. The report says the risk is lower than through human-to-human respiratory infection, and most experts agree.
"The scenario, including introduction through an intermediary host, was considered to be likely to very likely", it said.
Genomic testing of the virus indicates it was not engineered in a lab but passed naturally from animals - as did the SARS virus that infected 8000 people globally in 2002-2004 before it was stopped.
The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis - a speculative theory that was promoted by former U.S. President Donald Trump among others.
"In view of the above, a laboratory origin of the pandemic was considered to be extremely unlikely".