WHO’s COVID-19 probe team arrives In China’s Wuhan

SourceSaudi Gazette
SectorHealthcare
CountryMiddle east

BEIJING — A global team of scientists led by the World Health Organization arrived in China's central city of Wuhan, where COVID-19 first surfaced in late 2019, to investigate the origins of the pandemic, state television said on Thursday, according to Reuters.The team will spend about a month in the city, including two weeks in quarantine.Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals, most likely in China's southwest. China rejected demands for an international investigation after the Trump administration blamed Beijing for the virus's spread.The members include virus and other experts from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam.A government spokesman said this week they will “exchange views” with Chinese scientists but gave no indication whether they would be allowed to gather evidence.They will undergo a two-week quarantine as well as a throat swab test and an antibody test for COVID-19, according to a post on CGTN’s official Weibo account. They are to ...read more...