Updates: 14.01.2021 05:44
Beijing – According to local media, an international team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan today, from where a coronavirus began to spread around the world at the end of last year. Experts, along with Chinese scientists, will search for the origin of the covid-19 disease and try to find out how the coronavirus has spread to humans.
The government in Beijing has approved the arrival of a ten-member team after months of diplomatic disputes that have forced the WHO Secretary-General to behave unusually, such as complaining to the public, the AP agency said. The group includes experts from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam. A Chinese government spokesman said this week they would “exchange views” with Chinese scientists, but said nothing about whether they could gather evidence. First, however, a two-week quarantine and coronavirus tests await them. During that time, they will talk to Chinese experts via video conference. Reuters reports that the group will spend about a month in Wuhan.
Beijing blocked foreign experts from entering the country last week when it refused to issue the necessary permits. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus subsequently said that he was “very disappointed” by China’s approach; however, according to Beijing, there was a “misunderstanding”.
The researchers believe that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been transmitted to humans from bats or other animals. According to them, it probably happened in the southwest of China. The ruling Chinese Communist Party, accused of allowing the disease to spread, says the virus comes from abroad, possibly from imported seafood. However, scientists reject this, notes the AP.
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