WHO Team Investigating COVID-19 Origins Arrives China Thursday

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WHO Team Investigating COVID-19 Origins Arrives China Thursday
Some of the team members on arrival in Wuhan. Photo: AP

The World Health Organisation, WHO team of international scientists probing the origin of the COVID virus has finally arrived Wuhan in China on Thursday.

WHO through series of tweets on Thursday made the disclosure, noting that the 13-man team will commence its mission immediately.

Recalled China had earlier denied the investigators entry at the first attempt barely a week ago on the grounds that they haven’t perfected their discussion with WHO on the visit.

Although Chinese authorities said they were in close communication with WHO, but the apex health agency’s team was not granted entry initially based on unconcluded arrangements.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019, with the initial outbreak linked to a market.
Announcing the arrival of the 13-person researchers in Wuhan, the WHO tweeted thus :” 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 travellers” it disclosed.

The agency however explained that two of the investigators were left in Singapore to complete their COVID test.

“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”, it stated.

In a similar development, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on COVID-19 reconvened today, being the 6th time since the first meeting in January 2020.

The Emergency Committee on COVID-19 reconvenes every 3 months to review the global situation and makes recommendations for WHO and countries to respond to the pandemic, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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