Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology on Wednesday in their investigation in China to find the origin of the coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 disease. Thus, the team has arrived at the laboratory that is located on the outskirts of the city and that, at the time, former United States President Donald Trump pointed out as the origin of the virus. Meanwhile, one of the experts, the zoologist Peter Daszak, has assured, in an interview with Sky News, that the investigation, which bothers China, reveals “new” and “good” information, something that “is very valuable” and which begins to “help find the right directions” in inquiries.
He also specified that the team is obtaining data “that no one has seen before” and that “it is really getting somewhere.”Before entering the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Peter Daszak said that “we look forward to meeting with all the key people here and asking all the important questions that need to be asked,” reports the local news agency.Reporters followed the team to the high-security facility, but as on previous visits, there was little direct access to team members, who have given scant details of their discussions and visits thus far.
Uniformed and plainclothes security guards were guarding the facility’s main entrance, but there was no sign of the protective suits that team members had donned on Tuesday during a visit to an animal disease research facility. It was not clear what protective equipment was used within the institute. After two weeks in quarantine, the WHO team that includes experts in veterinary medicine, virology, food safety, and epidemiology from 10 countries has visited hospitals, research institutes, and a traditional wet market linked to many of the countries in the last six days.
His visit followed months of negotiations as China seeks to maintain a tight grip on information about the outbreak and investigation into its origins, in what some have seen as an attempt to avoid blame for any missteps in its initial response.One of China’s leading virus research laboratories, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, created an archive of genetic information on bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome. That has led to unproven allegations that it may have a link to the original Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019.
SITUATION IN CHINA
The Ministry of Health of China has registered this Tuesday a total of 37 cases of coronavirus, of which 25 have presented symptoms and 12 have been asymptomatic, while no deaths have been reported.Of the symptomatic cases, 15 correspond to local transmission, eight have been detected from Jilin province, six from Heilongjiang province and one from Hebei province; and ten are imported cases, four of them registered in Shanghai, Guangdong and another two in Sichuan, as well as one in Jiangsu and Shaanxi, respectively.
On the other hand, of the asymptomatic positives, seven are imported, while another ten asymptomatic patients have been reclassified as confirmed cases. Since the pandemic broke out, China has accumulated 89,619 cases of coronavirus and 4,636 deaths.
This Tuesday, a total of 91 patients infected with COVID-19 have also been discharged, while 1,516 people are under medical observation, 66 of them in serious condition.
Also, so far, the country has counted 4,745 imported cases, of which 4,433 have been recovered and 312 remain hospitalized.