June 18, 2020 / 12:26 PM / 22 days ago

British, Australian PMs agree investigation into origins of coronavirus outbreak needed

An undated scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects), also known as novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab and isolated from a patient in the U.S. NIAID-RML/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the need for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak with his Australian counterpart, Downing Street said on Thursday.

“The leaders discussed the coronavirus pandemic and agreed on the need for an independent investigation through the World Health Organization into the origins of the outbreak,” a spokeswoman for Johnson’s office said in a statement.

“They committed to coordinate closely on this issue in the weeks and months ahead.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout, editing by Sarah Young

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