WHO staff goes to Wuhan marketplace for investigation of Covid-19 origin


A staff of World Well being Group (WHO) investigators inspecting the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited the Baishazhou Wholesale Market in Wuhan on Sunday, mentioned Dr. Hung Nguyen-Viet, a member of the group.

The staff of 13 WHO specialists had been launched from their 14-day quarantine on Thursday and have begun their investigations into the virus origins. The staff visited the chilly storage space of the market Sunday, and talked with market administration about tips on how to deal with and take a look at imported meals, mentioned Nguyen-Viet.

“Within the afternoon we are going to go to Huanan Seafood Market,” he instructed CNN. “I hope we are going to speak with market administration officers and ask questions on (the outbreak’s) historical past. We’re keenly to go there as that is seemingly the place the primary linked circumstances emerged. We all know there have been extra types of meals there.”

The investigation comes a yr after the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan went into lockdown from the pandemic — however some specialists have expressed skepticism over simply how a lot the staff will have the ability to uncover.

An earlier report, revealed in February 2020 by a WHO staff in China, discovered that “key information gaps stay” concerning the virus. The report endorsed earlier findings that the virus appeared to have originated in animals, with the seemingly first outbreak on the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan.