Information that the coronavirus appeared in other countries, in particular in Italy, earlier than in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has not been confirmed. This statement was made by the expert of the international commission of the World Health Organization (WHO) Marion Koopmans. She noted that her colleagues found several publications, in which, for example, it is noted that in Italy the virus was already circulating in December or at the end of November, but this is very difficult to prove. "Because the methodology is unconfirmed, they did not provide complete evidence of the possible circulation of the virus," Koopmans said. She recalled that the main task of the international group of experts was to learn about the first phase of the pandemic in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The findings prove that COVID-19 circulated in the city last December, Koopmans said. WHO experts denied the leakage of the virus from the laboratory in Wuhan And it was previously reported that COVID-19 getting directly from bats to the market in Wuhan is unlikely - there was an intermediate reservoir of the virus. This point of view is shared by the head of the expert group of the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the WHO expert said that based on the information available, it is impossible to establish how COVID-19 entered the market in Wuhan, REN TV notes.