A doctor in Wuhan, China, earlier this year.

  • The virus sequence seen in the recent outbreak in Beijing is most likely related to the European strain, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Dr. Michael Ryan, who is the WHO's executive director of the Health Emergencies Program, said: "What it's saying most likely is that the disease was probably imported from outside Beijing at some point."
  • WHO's announcement comes a day after Chinese officials released data showing the gene sequence of the COVID-19 virus that broke out in Beijing's Xinfadi market last week.
  • One CDC official said that while the virus strain is from Europe, it seems to be an older version of what is currently spreading across the continent.
  • More than 200 new cases of the virus have been reported in the Chinese capital since June 11. Officials are trying to clamp down on the outbreak as much as possible, testing 2.3 million people so far.
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World Health Organisation (WHO) officials have said the coronavirus sequence in the latest Beijing outbreak is most likely related to the European strain.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, WHO's executive director of the Health Emergencies Programme, Dr. Michael Ryan, said the outbreak in Beijing appears to be a human-to-human transmission and not another cross-species infection. 

"What it's saying most likely is that the disease was probably imported from outside Beijing at some point," Ryan said, adding that "establishing when that happened and how long the chain of transmission is important."

WHO's announcement came a day after the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials released data revealing the gene sequence of the COVID-19 virus that broke out in Beijing's Xinfadi market last week.

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