"WHO experts will take a field trip to China on January 14", CGTN quoted the National Health Commission of China as saying. The WHO investigation team to China will travel to Wuhan, where the SARS-CoV-2 virus first appeared last December.
On January 9, Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the National Health Commission of China (NHC), told the media that the exact timing of the WHO investigation team to Wuhan is still being negotiated.
Zeng Yixin said that China and WHO have reached a consensus on specific investigative agreements through online meetings. According to Mr. Zeng Yixin, after WHO experts complete the procedures and complete the schedule, the experts will come to Wuhan to conduct an investigation.
China's confirmation comes after WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his disappointment that China has not yet approved the organization's international investigation team to trace COVID-19.
“Today, we learned that Chinese officials have not completed the necessary procedures for the WHO international investigation team to enter the country. I am very disappointed with the news above ", Mr. Ghebreyesus confirmed on 5/1.
Earlier, WHO said the team of 10 was scheduled to depart in early January on a long-awaited mission to investigate COVID-19 cases recorded for the first time a year ago at Wuhan - China.
The COVID-19 pandemic broke out from Wuhan in November 2019. Up to now, the disease has spread to 281 countries and territories around the world. Over 90 million cases of COVID-19 are reported worldwide and more than 1.9 million people have died.