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February 11, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: WHO mission firm in belief that Covid-19 originates from bats

By Paul Dennis

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 107,435,000, with over 2,357,000 deaths and 71,397,000 recoveries.

The US continues to lead the world in confirmed Covid-19 cases and is followed by India, Brazil, the UK, Russia, France, Spain, and Italy, respectively.

Covid-19 deaths have a similar pattern, as the US, Brazil, and Mexico lead the world while India, the UK, Italy, France, Russia, Spain, and Germany follow behind in that order. Active cases continue to be clustered within Western Europe as the UK, France, and Spain only trail the US in global active cases.

Covid-19 cases continue to climb in the Middle East as several Gulf States are reaching their 2020 daily highs.

In the United Arab Emirates, daily infections have tripled over the last six weeks but are beginning a slight decline. Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain continue to see their daily cases increase and have imposed travel restrictions for non-citizens and social gatherings, with the latter country also banning prayers at mosques for the next couple of weeks.

A WHO mission investigating the origins of the SARS-COV-2 virus in China found no evidence that it originated in a laboratory and remains firm in the belief that it emerged from bats.

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The US has revealed its intentions to independently review the WHO’s data stating that they did not have any input in the planning and implementation of the mission.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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