Today, a team of about ten WHO scientists has reached Wuhan to investigate the origins of the COVID-19. The deadly COVID-19 virus originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 and then spread in all the countries. The coronavirus has affected more than 90 million people and has caused 2 million deaths around the world.
According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), the WHO scientists will have to go through 2 weeks of quarantine and the mandatory COVID-19 tests before starting their research work.
Earlier this month, China denied entry of two members of the WHO team to probe the origins of the coronavirus after the members tested Covid-19 positive during transit in Singapore.
The WHO scientists will communicate with people from hospitals, research institutes, and the seafood market associated with the initial COVID-19 outbreak.
Chinese officials have suspected that the deadly COVID-19 outbreak took place in the seafood market in Wuhan where animals, birds and reptiles are sold. From the seafood market, the COVID-19 virus has spread to humans. The market has been closed and sealed since December 2019.
Chinese CDC Deputy Director Feng Zijian said that the answers to certain questions are not known such as what was the intermediate host of the coronavirus or how the virus jumped from animals to humans. He has urged the international communities for collective research into the COVID-19 outbreak.
Feng Zijian also said that the Chinese medical experts will work with a team of WHO scientists to find the source of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In May 2020, the US blamed China for hiding the information related to the COVID-19 outbreak and called WHO a “puppet of China.” After that, the World Health Assembly (WHA) asked the WHO for a transparent investigation of the source of the COVID-19 virus and the route of introduction to the human population.