Covid News live updates: Origins of COVID unclear, but lab leak theory needs investigation, WHO says

More than two years after the first detection of the coronavirus in China, and after at least 6.3 million deaths have been counted worldwide due to the pandemic, the World Health Organization recommends in its strongest terms strong that further investigation is needed to determine if a lab accident may be to blame. The stance marks a sharp reversal in the UN health agency’s initial assessment of the origins of the pandemic, and comes after many critics accused the WHO of being too quick to dismiss or play down a theory lab leaks that put Chinese officials on the defensive. The WHO concluded last year that it was “extremely unlikely” that COVID-19 had spread to Wuhan city from a laboratory. Many scientists suspect that the coronavirus jumped to humans from bats, possibly via another animal. Yet in a report released on Thursday, the WHO expert panel said “key pieces of data” to explain the start of the pandemic were still missing. The scientists said the group would “remain open to all scientific evidence that becomes available in the future to allow full testing of all reasonable hypotheses”. Identifying the source of disease in animals usually takes years. It took scientists more than a decade to identify the bat species that were the natural reservoir for SARS, a relative of COVID-19.

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PM Modi will visit Gujarat today to launch projects worth Rs 3,050 cr

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat today to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for several projects worth Rs 3,050 crores. Around 10:15 a.m., the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for multiple development initiatives during the “Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan” in Navsari. At around 12:15 p.m., he will inaugurate AM Naik Healthcare Complex and Nirali Multi-Specialty Hospital in Navsari, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

US Capitol rioters acted to ‘encourage’ Trump: probe chief

Brazil confirms its first case of monkeypox

China reports 151 new COVID cases for June 9 from 240 the day before

Mainland China reported 151 new coronavirus cases for June 9, of which 45 were symptomatic and 106 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Friday. That compared to 240 new cases a day earlier – 70 symptomatic and 170 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.

Berlin, London and Paris urge Iran to ‘stop its nuclear escalation’: joint statement

North Korea reports 45,540 more people with fever symptoms amid COVID outbreak – KCNA

January 6 committee releases never-before-seen violent footage of rioters beating police and entering the US Capitol

Singapore reports 3,431 new cases of COVID-19

Singapore reported 3,431 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,332,656. Among the new cases, 310 cases were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 3,121 by tests for rapid antigen test (ART), according to statistics published by the Ministry of Health.

Salman Khan threatening letter case: Mumbai police confirm involvement of Lawrence Bishnoi gang

In a major breakthrough in the Salman Khan threatening letter case, Mumbai police have identified those involved in delivering the letter to Salim Khan, the actor’s father. The information was revealed during the interrogation of the accused Siddhesh Hiraman Kamble alias Mahakal, member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang. According to Mumbai police, Defendant Mahakal revealed that Bishnoi’s assistant Vikram Barad brought the letter to Salim Khan.

Fire breaks out at a tableware factory in Delhi’s Hamidpur

Several victims in a shooting at a Maryland business

A shooting at a business in western Maryland claimed multiple lives on Thursday and the suspect is no longer a threat to the community, a law enforcement agency said. The shooting occurred at a business in the Smithsburg community, Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Carly Hose told The Associated Press by phone.

NASA launches UFO study despite ‘reputational risk’

NASA is launching a study of UFOs as part of a new push toward high-risk, high-impact science. The space agency announced Thursday that it is setting up an independent team to see how much information is publicly available on the matter and how much more is needed to understand the unexplained sightings. The experts will also consider how best to use all this information in the future.

Shanghai faces unexpected round of COVID tests for most residents

Shanghai’s Chinese mall faces an unexpected round of mass COVID-19 testing for most residents this weekend – just 10 days after a citywide lockdown was lifted – troubling people. residents and raising concerns about the impact on businesses. Shanghai officials said on Thursday that seven of the city’s 16 districts would conduct PCR tests for all residents over the weekend due to the discovery of a few cases in the community, saying they wanted to prevent a new outbreak. .

Sharon D. Cole