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WHO asks to study pre-Covid-19 pneumonia cases

  • Written by Prensa Latina
  • Published in Health
Geneva, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) today asked several countries to study early cases of pneumonia before the appearance of Covid-19 in China.
The international health agency recommended that nations analyze their records from late 2019 to get a clearer picture of the pandemic, and to better understand the potential for spread of the disease, caused by the new SARS-Cov2 coronavirus.

WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier, requested at a press conference that all unspecified cases of pneumonia in December and November last year be tested for diagnosis.

The request comes in response to medical reports from France and the United States that identified possible cases of Covid-19 in December, although China did not do so until the end of 2019.

Lindmeier said it was appropriate to continue these studies and suggested that it would not be unusual for the new coronavirus to be out of China so early, as the first cases of the disease date back to early December. Covid-19 is present in 182 countries and has caused 3,596,142 positive cases and 251,718 deaths worldwide.

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