Over a year since the emergence, a team of professionals from the World Health Organization landed in Wuhan on Thursday to examine the source of the coronavirus. Also, officials blocked two members of the team from getting on a flight in Singapore. This is because they tested positive for virus antibodies.
The global team of 13 scientists, greeted by Chinese officials in hazmat suits, arrived for their much-delayed task. They received throat swabs on arrival and went to a hotel. They are going to be in quarantine for two weeks before they start their work for safety purposes.
The virus was first discovered in late 2019 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, it has spread across the world, killing almost two million people to date. It has already infected tens of millions and brutalizing the world economy.
The WHO says it is important to determine the route of the virus from animals to humans to avoid potential infections.
And the UN health body said on Thursday that although most of the members of the team had reached, after testing positive for coronavirus infections, two members were not allowed to board a flight from Singapore to Wuhan—the latest twist for the experts on a long journey to China.
The WHO said in a tweet that all members of the team had “multiple negative PCR and antibody tests for COVID-19 in their home countries prior to traveling.”
The action came as China is moving to whip out the virus’s new clusters.
In northern China, more than 20 million people are now under lockdown. One area has declared an emergency after recording its first Covid-19 death in eight months.
Condition Of Wuhan And China:
Wuhan incident made officials highly effective. By tight lockdowns and rigorous testing, China had largely brought the pandemic under control. Also, touting its economic recovery is a sign of the Communist authorities’ effective leadership.
But the National Health Commission registered another 138 infections on Thursday — the highest single-day count since March last year.
Compared to many countries disputing with widespread infections and high numbers of deaths, clusters are still small.
On Thursday, the hashtag “New virus death in Hebei” rapidly ratcheted up 270 million views on the Chinese social media site Weibo.
“I haven’t seen the words ‘virus death’ in so long, it’s a bit shocking! I hope the epidemic can pass soon,” one user wrote.