The World Health Organization has asked China for permission to conduct a new scientific mission for more epidemiological detective work. Beijing has yet to sign off on the study. The WHO is looking to gather more information on the origin of the coronavirus and discover how it went from the rural areas of China to the city. Currently President Xi Jinping is overseeing the country’s virus response, and anything that is published must be approved first. This current coronavirus shows that it is closely related to other coronavirus strains that originated in bats. A WHO food safety and animal diseases expert has commented that there is still missing information on how the virus strain was contracted by humans.