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WHO Team Denied Entry into China to Investigate COVID Origins

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A WHO team that was supposed to enter China’s Wuhan to investigate the origins of the Corona Virus spread was denied entry into the country. Two members of the team have already tried to enter Wuhan but one is currently returning back. The other remains in transit in a third country. The authorities feel that the lack of VISA clearance is the reason for the delay.

The Probe was compulsory and China agreed to it in December, after a lot of talks and negotiations. The first appearance of the virus was reported to be in Wuhan, possibly from a market area. 

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has expressed his disappointment over the fact that China did not finalise the permissions and clear the VISAs when it was pre-decided that the check will be taking place. The two members started their journey and the same information was conveyed to China as well. The rest of the team couldn’t travel because of last minute decisions.

He told the reporters in Geneva, “ I was told that China was speeding up the internal procedure for the earliest possible deployment.” He also emphasized that he has been in close contact with Chinese officials and everything was informed prior to make sure the needed permissions and preparations can be done. Also, the point has been mentioned that this research mission is of utmost importance to the WHO and also the international team.

The main reason to pay a visit to China was to understand the root origin of Virus. The main animal that was responsible for getting infected with the virus and how it has transferred to the humans. The team of 10 members were supposed to visit China for the same. However, only 2 people were able to travel and both did not get the chance to enter the country.

The team of two had started their journey on Tuesday. The actual place of origin of the virus is still unknown and the theories about the market are being greatly doubted by other nations. The popular belief is that the market sellinge xotic meat only amplified the issue but is not the place of origin. Investigations have to be made on similar grounds.