Fact check: Coronavirus most likely originated in natural wildlife populations before spreading to humans, says report

"The virus most likely originated in nature, probably in bats, according to the genetic similarity between SARS-CoV-2 and other animal coronaviruses," stated the report.

Fact check: Coronavirus most likely originated in natural wildlife populations before spreading to humans, says report

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly claimed that COVID-19 was made in a Wuhan laboratory.

The coronavirus COVID-19 most likely originated in natural wildlife populations before spreading to humans, according to fact-checking website Science Feedback.

"Although the exact origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains unknown, previous claims that the virus contained artificial elements or that it had been patented were debunked," according to a report.

"The virus most likely originated in nature, probably in bats, according to the genetic similarity between SARS-CoV-2 and other animal coronaviruses," stated the report.

Earlier on September 14, Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan had claimed that COVID-19 was made in a Wuhan laboratory. Yan, who was associated with the Hong Kong School of Public Health, had been researching on the coronavirus for a long time. The Chinese virologist claimed that during her research she came across that coronavirus was developed in a laboratory in China.