WHO Team to Visit China to Investigate the Origin of COVID-19

In the light of global concerns that China has delayed announcing the latest outbreak of coronavirus, a WHO (World Health Organization) team will visit the country last week to investigate the origin and dissemination of the virus to citizens. The visit takes place six months after a warning from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on ‘viral pneumonia’ take from the WHO Country Office in China. In January, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced an agreement with China to “as soon as possible” send a team of international experts to work for a better understanding of the emerging disease.

Over 500,000 people kill in the world by COVID-19 and cases and deaths rise every day. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, a state in an exclusive interview with ANI a ‘thorough investigation’ into the sources of the virus needs to be carried out. He said the WHO collaborated on the visit with the Chinese Government.

Chinese Govt Report the Outbreak from Wuhan

He said that on 31 December, the Chinese government reported an outbreak of ‘typical cases of pneumonia’ from Wuhan.

Dr Swaminathan said sequences suggest that COVID-19 viruses are very similar to bat viruses.

The pandemic has increased to over 10 million cases and caused more than 500,000 deaths worldwide. On January 29 the WHO Director-General spoke with the Chinese President Xi Jinping. It is about his agreement that the organization would “as soon as possible” lead. It is an international team of experts in China to work with the government. Thus to increase understanding of the outbreak and to guide global response efforts.

On 31 December of last year, an article from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission is on ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan. It removes from its website by the WHO Country Office in China. The following day, the WHO asked the Chinese authorities. It is to provide details about the confirmed cluster of atypical cases of pneumonia in Wuhan.

On 9 January the WHO announced that Chinese officials found that a new coronavirus triggered the outbreak. On 11 February, the organisation’s designate called COVID-19 became the latest coronavirus outbreak.   China records delayed information and alerts about the latest coronavirus. It could have helped to curb its dissemination in the first days.

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