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WHO Experts Arrive In Wuhan To Probe Origins Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Beijing/Wuhan:  A group of World Well being Organisation scientists arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to research the origins of the lethal coronavirus pandemic, which emerged from the central Chinese language metropolis in December 2019 earlier than engulfing all the world.

The WHO specialists arrived in Wuhan for the COVID-19 origin mission, Chinese language official media reported.

The group, reportedly consisting of ten specialists, immediately flew from Singapore.

Based on the China’s Nationwide Well being Fee (NHC), the WHO group might want to undergo related quarantine procedures required below the nation’s epidemic management measures earlier than conducting fieldwork.

They have been anticipated to undergo a 14-day quarantine interval and the mandatory COVID-19 assessments.

NHC officers informed the media in Beijing on Wednesday that discovering the origins of the virus is a scientific query, and so they instructed conducting related visits to different nations to realize this goal.

The WHO specialists will talk with Chinese language medical specialists by video conferencing throughout their quarantine interval, an NHC official stated.

The WHO group’s go to has develop into a bone of rivalry as Beijing, which questions the widely-held view concerning the virus’ origins in Wuhan, delayed granting permission to it.

China has been proactively questioning the view that the lethal outbreak happened in a moist market in Wuhan the place stay animals, birds and reptiles are offered and unfold to people. The market remained closed and sealed since early final yr.

Chinese language CDC Deputy Director Feng Zijian stated he has no solutions as to what the intermediate host of the novel coronavirus was, or how the virus jumped from animals to people, and China’s medical specialists will work carefully with the WHO specialists’ group to attempt to probe its supply.

“China has been calling for collective research by the international community into this virus. When the WHO team reaches Wuhan, Chinese experts will work closely with them to fulfill their job,” Feng stated.

In Might final yr, the World Well being Meeting (WHA) — the governing physique of the 194-member states of the WHO — accepted a decision to arrange an impartial inquiry to conduct an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the worldwide response in addition to that of the WHO.

It additionally requested the WHO to research the “supply of the virus and the route of introduction to the human inhabitants .

The WHO specialists arrived in Wuhan as China is experiencing a relapse of COVID-19 instances.

The NHC on Thursday reported 138 newly confirmed COVID-19 instances, of which 124 have been regionally transmitted and the remainder arrived from exterior the mainland.

Of the regionally transmitted instances, 81 have been reported in north China’s Hebei Province and 43 in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, the fee stated in its day by day report.

One demise associated to the illness was reported in Hebei on Wednesday, with no new suspected instances reported.

A number of cities with hundreds of thousands of individuals in Hebei province, which borders Beijing, are below lockdown to stop the unfold of the virus.

The overall variety of confirmed COVID-19 instances in China reached 87,844 by Wednesday and 4,635 had died of the illness to this point, in accordance with the NHC.

Based on Johns Hopkins College’s coronavirus tracker, over 92,313,000 folks have been confirmed with the illness internationally and greater than 1,977,000 folks have died.

(Ok J M Varma/PTI)

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