The organisation further added that it's Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) platform also picked up a media report on a programme of the International Society for Infectious Diseases about the same cluster of cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause, in Wuhan.
Following the developments, WHO
said that it asked for information on the reported cluster of atypical pneumonia cases in Wuhan from the Chinese authorities on January 1 and wrote to the National Health Commission, offering WHO
support and repeating the request for further information on the cluster of cases on January 2.
Health workers in protective gear walk in a lane to administer a free medical checkup in a slum Appa Pada area at Malad, in Mumbai on Sunday.
The organisation adds that Chinese officials provided information to WHO on the cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia of unknown cause’ identified in Wuhan on January 3. The next day WHO tweeted that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province, People’s Republic of China, and that investigation to identify the cause was underway.
The new details were released in a new timeline of events
published by the WHO on Saturday.
The new revelation differs from the one released in April where the organisation had maintained that the first report of the virus came from China.