WHO team to arrive in China on Thursday to probe virus origin

WHO team to arrive in China on Thursday to probe virus origin

BEIJING: China's national health authority on Monday said that a team of international experts of World Health Organization (WHO) tasked with investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic will arrive in China on January 14.

The team was initially aiming to enter China in early January for the investigation but their arrival was delayed due to lack of authorization from Beijing for their entry.

According to the reports, the expert’s team of the WHO will visit the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019.

Negotiations for the visit have long been underway, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed disappointment last week over delays, saying that members of the international scientific team departing from their home countries had already started on their trip as part of an arrangement between the WHO and the Chinese government.