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WHO team investigating COVID in Wuhan sees data ‘no one has seen’ – and does not rule out virus escaped from a lab

WHO team investigating COVID in Wuhan sees data ‘no one has seen’ – and does not rule out virus escaped from a lab

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The World Health Organisation team in Wuhan investigating the origins of COVID-19 say they are getting data "which no one has seen before" and are "really getting somewhere" - and have not ruled out the possibility that the virus had escaped from a lab.Dr Peter Daszak, part of the ongoing WHO mission, told Sky News: "We are seeing new information and it's good, it's very valuable stuff that is beginning to help us look at the right directions for this virus." In his first interview with a British broadcaster since arriving in China, Dr Daszak, who is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, an NGO, said that site visits were offering valuable information - especially the Huanan seafood market, where the first ever cases of COVID-19 were clustered.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the w...
WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

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A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province where the outbreak emergedBy EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA Associated PressFebruary 1, 2021, 9:56 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWUHAN, China -- A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited two disease control centers on Monday that had an early hand in managing the outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.The WHO investigators arrived in Wuhan, the provincial capital, last month to look for clues and have visited hospitals and a seafood market where early cases were detected.The team on Monday visited both the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan cit...
WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues

WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues

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A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic is visiting a market known to be the food distribution center for the Chinese city of Wuhan during the 76-day lockdown last yearBy EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA and ZEN SOO Associated PressJanuary 31, 2021, 9:23 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWUHAN, China -- A World Health Organization team looking into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday visited the seafood market in the Chinese city of Wuhan that was linked to many early infections.The team members visited the Huanan Seafood Market for about an hour in the afternoon, and one of them flashed a thumbs up sign when reporters asked how the trip was going.The market was the site of a December 2019 outbreak of the virus. ...
Study suggests COVID-19 may have remained in Wuhan past April

Study suggests COVID-19 may have remained in Wuhan past April

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Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China may have lasted into May, according to an analysis published Thursday by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. If accurate, the findings are significant given that Chinese officials declared the city free of the virus and lifted lockdown restrictions there in April. Advertisement "We conclude that ... a large amount of asymptomatic carriers of [the new coronavirus] existed after elimination of clinical cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan City," the researchers wrote. The global pandemic is believed to have started in the city, and it accounted for nearly two-thirds of the more than 96,000 cases of infection reported in China, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. However, as of Thursday, World Health Organization officials attempting...
Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

Fewer than 4% of people in Wuhan have COVID-19 antibodies, study finds

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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Fewer than 4% of adults in Wuhan, China, tested positive for antibodies against COVID-19, putting the possibility of countries developing "herd immunity" against the virus without a vaccine in doubt, according to an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open. The findings also suggest that those who experience mild disease or who have no outward symptoms of the virus may not develop long-lasting immunity to it naturally, the researchers said. Advertisement The term herd immunity refers to a scenario in which most of a population has become immune to a virus and these people effectively provide indirect protection to those who are not, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. One member of President Donald Trump's White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Sc...