torsdag 28. januar 2021

WHO team in Wuhan begin long-delayed coronavirus investigation after clearing quarantine

A team of World Health Organization (WHO) investigators examining the origins of the coronavirus pandemic left their hotel in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday afternoon, after completing a two-week quarantine. The 13 team members could be seen on a live television feed walking out of the hotel wearing face masks and boarding a white coach, onto which their luggage had been loaded earlier by workers in hazmat suits. The team was waved on its way by hotel staff and Chinese officials.

They step out into a city that was once the center of the global outbreak but is now, a year on, largely returned to normal. Scrutiny of the team's work will be immense, as they navigate what is likely to be a political minefield in uncovering how the virus that brought much of the world to a halt first emerged. "The eyes of the world are focused on this, the opinions of the world are focused on this," Dutch virologist and team member Marion Koopmans told CNN Wednesday morning, as she prepared for a final round of meetings before leaving her quarantine hotel.