Latest updates on COVID-19: July 9, 2020

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton with the latest news on the coronavirus.
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Transcript for Latest updates on COVID-19: July 9, 2020
Here are some of the major developments for tracking right now. More than one quarter of that towering global number of cases is here in the United States or for three million. Deaths around the world reaching at least 549000. And Americans who have lost their lives at more than 132000. Now. With me here to start us off is ABC chief medical correspondent doctor Jan Asch in gen. In the last 48 hours president trump informing the World Health Organization that the US withdrawing as of next year but there are. Still there's still a lot of pressure and a lot of your questions for the WH. Mainly about what we know about the origin. All of the drug. Firing as this really caught our attention Amy so we wanted to drill down a little on it you know the World Health Organization is still obviously actively involved slash leading the investigation and response to this global pandemic. In terms of controversy rate now in general experts have ruled out that's ours Cody to. Has been developed as a bio weapon we heard some talk about that early on there is no direct evidence at this time that it has escaped from a Wuhan lab. And there is agreement amongst experts that stats are the origin. But we still don't know the intermediate mammal hose soaking these are among the issues that the World Health Organization is really being tasked to address. In particular an infectious disease expert from Georgetown University pending an open letter to them saying. You need to address these issues as they going to China next month right said the WHIO sending a teen into China to formally investigate what are they being asked to look at what first if you just start with the human cases and that's one of the questions that bad. Infectious disease specialist public health officials all over the world are really taking them to task on May want to know exactly when was the first documented human case. There was a report published in march of this year that stated that the first human case. Tracked back to November 17 in Hebei Province. They wanna see the clinical data from that case or cases that has not been released yet and they also want to know in the investigation early on. What animals were actually tested from that wet market in Wuhan. And what the results for all of that needs greater transparency and really needs a deep dive right let's assume that the WHO gets and then releases the answers to some of these questions what can be learned from it. Well I think first and foremost the goal is that it can allay a lot of fears about conspiracy and our gen as we learned some facts. He can also improve the weight future infectious disease outbreaks are tracked and therefore controlled it can help with collaborative efforts. That we still need in terms of containing this global pandemic and this virus. And ultimately in terms of clinical data scientific data medical data it can improve the understanding of this new virus which is. Still in its infancy in terms of how we know we will behave so a lot needs to come out of that investigation and right doctor Jan thank.

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