COVID-19 News Worldwide : WHO Says U.S. Origin of COVID-19 (2020.05.05, dangoma daily blog) WHO Says U.S. Origin of the COVID-9 Wuhan Institute. AFP reported on the 4th (local time) that the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was a "speculative claim" to the U.S. claim that the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) originated at Wuhan Research Institute in China. "We have not yet received any evidence from the U.S. government about the origin of COVID-19," WHO Deputy Director Gener..