Associated Press
Associated Press 13 Jan 2021

WHO team lands in Wuhan in hunt for virus origins


A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins, amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (Jan. 14)

More than a year since the first known person was infected with the coronavirus - with at least 1.7 million people killed by it worldwide since - an AP investigation shows the Chinese government is strictly controlling all research into virus origins while promoting fringe theories the pandemic originated elsewhere. (Dec. 30)
Indonesian navy #divers scoured the floor of the #JavaSea on Monday as they hunted for the black boxes of a Sriwijaya Air jet that nosedived into the water over the weekend with 62 people aboard. The #Boeing 737-500 jet disappeared minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, during heavy rain on Saturday, and the search so far has yielded plane parts and human remains but no sign of survivors.
Dr David Nabarro, asked when the WHO team would be let into China, responded: "I don't know, let's hope it is soon."
International investigators have been given the green light to travel to the Chinese city of Wuhan to look into the origins of the new coronavirus.
A WHO-led team will visit China in January, after getting permission from Beijing.
Most experts believe it spread through a food market in the city of Wuhan.
Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports.

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