The World Health Organization said on the May 1st that it was confirmed that Novel Coronavirus originated from nature.
Michael Ryan, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergency Program, said at a press conference on the same day that the organization had listened to the opinions of several experts who had carefully studied Novel Coronavirus's gene sequence and the virus itself and determined that Novel Coronavirus originated from nature.
Ryan said that now it is important to determine Novel Coronavirus's natural host, mainly to better understand Novel Coronavirus and how the virus breaks species boundaries and spreads from animals to humans. Only with this understanding can corresponding preventive measures and public health measures be taken to prevent similar outbreaks from happening again in the future. WHO is cooperating with other countries in this regard.