WHO experts arrive in Wuhan for COVID-19 origin mission

A panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) scientists arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday on a mission to research the origins of the novel coronavirus.

According to China’s National Health Commission, the WHO team will need to go through relevant quarantine procedures required under China’s epidemic control measures before conducting fieldwork.

“China supports scientists from various countries in conducting global scientific research on the origins and transmission routes of the novel coronavirus,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday.

The WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also urged for unity during this hard time, calling on all countries to share the genetic sequence and relevant data for research into COVID-19 variants.