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Norway scientist claims in a report that coronavirus was lab-made.

There is no scientific evidence that the coronavirus was made in a lab and recent studies have dismissed the claim.

There is no scientific evidence that the coronavirus was made in a lab and recent studies have dismissed the claim.Norwegian scientist Birger Sorensen had opined that sequence in the surface of coronavirus showed that the virus does not have a natural origin. He pointed out that the virus had hardly mutated since it infected humans, and hence may have been developed by the Americans and Chinese.

The WHO stated that evidence suggests that COVID-19 has a natural animal origin, and is not manipulated or constructed. The virus was genetically linked to other CoVs isolated from bat populations and was linked to spillover from an animal source that had a connection with the Huanan wet market in China. There was a possibility of the virus having been introduced into the human population from an animal source in the market.

The analysis report published by Nature showed that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus. It said that the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 was the result of natural selection and aligned against the most closely related coronaviruses, which contradicts the claim made by the Norwegian scientist. Further, an early study published in Lancet found that in 27 cases, there had been direct exposure to the Wuhan market.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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