WHO team to visit Wuhan to probe Covid-19 origins

WHO team to visit Wuhan hospitals, labs and market to probe Covid-19 origins

After their quarantine ended on Thursday, their first face-to-face meetings with Chinese scientists will be held on Friday, followed by field visits in and around Wuhan, WHO said

Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic leave their quarantine hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 28, 2021. Credit: REUTERS

Scientists led by the World Health Organization (WHO) plan to visit hospitals, labs and markets in the Chinese central city of Wuhan to investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the WHO said.

"Field visits will include the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Huanan market, Wuhan CDC laboratory," the Geneva-based agency said in a tweet, adding that they would speak with some of the first Covid-19 patients in the outbreak that began in December 2019.

After their quarantine ended on Thursday, their first face-to-face meetings with Chinese scientists will be held on Friday, followed by field visits in and around Wuhan, it said.