January 25, 2021

China finally allows WHO investigative team to visit Wuhan

China finally allows WHO investigative team to visit Wuhan

A team of World Health Organisation (WHO) scientists has finally arrived Wuhan, China, on an investigative visit to trace the origin of COVID-19.

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This development is coming after a disagreement between WHO and Chinese authorities over delay regarding the investigative visit.

TheCable had reported that Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, had accused Chinese authorities of delaying a planned visit by a team of experts to the country.

The WHO investigative team arrived Wuhan on Thursday, and have been tested for COVID; they are expected to embark on a two-week quarantine but will begin their research while in isolation.

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“The international team of 13 scientists examining the origins of the virus that causes #COVID19 arrived in Wuhan, #China, today. The experts will begin their work immediately during the 2 weeks quarantine protocol for international travelers,” a post on the WHO Twitter handle reads.

“Two scientists are still in #Singapore completing tests for #COVID19. All team members had multiple negative PCR and antibody tests for COVID-19 in their home countries prior to traveling.

“They were tested again in #Singapore and were all negative for PCR. But two members tested positive for IgM antibodies. They are being retested for both IgM and IgG antibodies.”

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China had first reported the virus to WHO on December 31, 2019 with its origin stated as Wuhan, a commercial city in the country. But the Asian country has been accused of playing politics with the pandemic by withholding information about the virus from the rest of the world.

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As of January 14, over 1.9 million coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed globally.

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