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Monday, 24 May 2021

Another round of speculation that covid-19 originated in a Wuhan lab

Egypt has so far identified two cases of mucormycosis — the black fungus viral infection spreading worldwide among covid patients with weakened immune systems — but it is unconnected to covid-19 and is not cause for panic, head of the covid-19 task force Hossam Hosny told Al Hadath Al Youm (watch, runtime: 3:57). Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed had also discussed the infection with Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa over the weekend, as rumors began circulating that the infection is another pandemic in the making.

The Health Ministry reported 1,145 new covid-19 infections yesterday, down from 1,151 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 253,835 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 51 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 14,721.

Speculation that the virus causing covid-19 originated in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology is getting a second wind after a US intelligence report indicated that three researchers from the institute “became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care,” the Wall Street Journal reports. That’s around the time when epidemiologists and researchers believe the virus began spreading around the Chinese city. The report’s findings don’t conclusively indicate whether or not this data point means the virus originated in the lab.

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