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WHO to visit China for study on origin of COVID-19



WORLD Health Organisation says it plans to send a team to China to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic in the hope of being better able to fight the spread of coronavirus.

  “Knowing the source of the virus is very, very important,” the WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conferenc e

  “We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started,” he said. We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that and we hope that that will lead into understanding how the virus started.”

  Tedros did not specify the make-up of the team, or what specifically its mission was. Scientists believe the virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly at a market in Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.

  The WHO chief also warned that the pandemic was “speeding up” and was far from over, saying he feared “the worst is still to come” unless international unity replaces fractious division.

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