Who’s wake up call to nations on COVID-19

WHO: Almost 3rd of Covid-19 samples show mutation but not more severe disease

Nearly 30% of genome sequencing data from samples of the Covid-19 virus collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) have shown signs of mutation, but there is no evidence that it has led to more severe disease, a top WHO official said on Friday.

In the chronology, the WHO had said that on December 31, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in Hubei province had reported cases of pneumonia to it. The WHO team will see an animal health expert and an epidemiologist travel to China to "set up an worldwide mission" to explore Sars-Cov-2's origins.

The additions clarify the WHO's previous timeline, which simply stated that on December 31, "Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan" - implying the report was made to the WHO.

On April 20, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had told reporters that the first report of the pneumonia cases had come from China, but he did not specify whether the report had been sent by Chinese authorities or by another source.

The World Health Organization backtracked on their claim that China alerted the global public health agency about the initial coronavirus outbreak.

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In his speech, Trump said China's secrecy, deceptions, and cover-ups allowed it to spread all over the world. Major League Baseball cancelled its 2020 All-Star Game for the first time since World War Two.

"After months of investigating, it's become crystal clear the Chinese Communist Party's cover-up of the coronavirus, especially in the early days of the outbreak, played a significant role in turning what could have been a local epidemic into a global pandemic", Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of Congress's China Task Force, said last month.

The UN health body then asked the Chinese authorities on January 1 and January 2 for information about these cases. But as per the initial timeline, China proactively notified World Health Organization and it was also promoted by the Chinese state-run media for weeks.

To recall, US President Donald Trump fumed at World Health Organization for withholding crucial information and in May ended the US' relationship with the body as well. The data is not lying.

He said he understands countries are emerging from lockdowns to save their economies, but "you can't ignore the problem either".

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