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Last month, the US had issued a statement saying, "Despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects with China's military."(AFP)

Covid-19 coverup, secret experiments in Wuhan by PLA: Fmr US Security Advisor

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:11 PM IST
He further said that there is "good reason to believe" that an outbreak of a "flu-like illness" had occurred among the scientists in the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in the fall of 2019.
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The World Health Organisation team is briefed outside of the Huanan Seafood Market on the third day of their field visit in Wuhan, China.(AP)
The World Health Organisation team is briefed outside of the Huanan Seafood Market on the third day of their field visit in Wuhan, China.(AP)

WHO’s draft recommendation on Wuhan Covid-19 probe triggers disbelief: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:13 PM IST
A team of experts sent by the UN health agency returned from China’s Wuhan earlier this month after a four-week trip to investigate the origin of the novel coronavirus.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.(Reuters file photo)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.(Reuters file photo)

China calls West’s criticism of Covid-19 data sharing 'political interference’

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 04:38 PM IST
Covid-19 origin tracing has been contentious, with China trying to fight off criticism of any mishandling of the pandemic and stepping up efforts to recast the virus narrative. Both the US and UK have called for China to make available raw data relating to the Covid-19 outbreak.
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Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab(Reuters photo)
Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab(Reuters photo)

UK says it shares US concerns over WHO Covid-19 mission to China

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2021 03:54 PM IST
The White House on Saturday said it has "deep concerns" about the way the findings of the World Health Organisation's Covid-19 report were communicated.
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Man wearing a protective mask shops for decorations at a shopping mall ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. (REUTERS)
Man wearing a protective mask shops for decorations at a shopping mall ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. (REUTERS)

In Wuhan, last-minute shopping and a return to normal on Lunar New Year eve

Reuters, Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 05:11 PM IST
Shopkeeper Wu Xiuhong said daily sales at her store selling nuts have halved this year from their usual figure of 40,000 yuan ($6,200) ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
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Peter Ben Embarek said work to identify the coronavirus's origins points to a natural reservoir in bats, but it is unlikely that they were in Wuhan.(AP)
Peter Ben Embarek said work to identify the coronavirus's origins points to a natural reservoir in bats, but it is unlikely that they were in Wuhan.(AP)

Covid-19 may have taken 'convoluted path' to Wuhan, says WHO team leader

Reuters, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 07:15 PM IST
WHO expert Peter Ben Embarek said the team's work in Wuhan had uncovered new information but had not dramatically changed their picture of the outbreak.
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Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, centre, of the WHO team, say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian, left, after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference.(AP)
Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, centre, of the WHO team, say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian, left, after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference.(AP)

WHO identifies two ‘most likely' scenarios of Covid-19 transmission to humans

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 06:50 PM IST
WHO expert Peter Ben Embarek told a press briefing that the team probed four hypotheses around the transmission of coronavirus to the human population.
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Liang Wannian, head of expert panel on COVID-19 response at China's National Health Commission, attends the WHO-China joint study news conference on the study of origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.(REUTERS)
Liang Wannian, head of expert panel on COVID-19 response at China's National Health Commission, attends the WHO-China joint study news conference on the study of origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.(REUTERS)

'No indication of Covid-19 spread in Wuhan before Dec 2019': WHO team

AFP, Beijing
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 05:29 PM IST
Wannian, head of the China team, at a press conference, adding that there was "not enough evidence" to determine if the virus had spread in the city prior to that.
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The 34-year-old's death from the virus on Feb. 7 led to an outpouring of public mourning and rare expressions of anger online.(Photo source: Sina Weibo)
The 34-year-old's death from the virus on Feb. 7 led to an outpouring of public mourning and rare expressions of anger online.(Photo source: Sina Weibo)

Wuhan residents remember Covid whistleblower Dr Wenliang, a year after his death

Reuters, Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 02:29 PM IST
Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at a hospital in the city, became one of the most visible figures in the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan when he tried to sound the alarm about its appearance, but was reprimanded by police for "spreading rumours."
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A child wearing a mask holds on to a woman as they walk through a popular shopping street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected, has largely returned to normal.(AP)
A child wearing a mask holds on to a woman as they walk through a popular shopping street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected, has largely returned to normal.(AP)

China bat caves need exploring in search for Covid origins, WHO team member says

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 06:49 PM IST
The origin of the coronavirus has become highly politicised following accusations, especially by the United States, that China was not transparent in its early handling of the outbreak. Beijing has pushed the idea that the virus originated elsewhere.
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Peter Ben Embarek, a member of the World Health Organisation team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan.(REUTERS)
Peter Ben Embarek, a member of the World Health Organisation team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Wuhan.(REUTERS)

WHO: Discussions open, meetings frank in Wuhan

AP, Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2021 06:00 PM IST
The team on Thursday spent around two hours meetings with managers and residents at the Jiangxinyuan community administrative center in Wuhan's Hanyang District.
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Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 coronavirus, speaks to media upon arriving with other WHO members to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 3, 2021. (AFP)
Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 coronavirus, speaks to media upon arriving with other WHO members to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 3, 2021. (AFP)

WHO probe team visits high-security virus lab in Wuhan

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing/london
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 02:07 AM IST
Scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) research on some of the deadliest pathogens found in the world including the bat-hosted coronavirus
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Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died aged 100.(AP)
Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died aged 100.(AP)

WHO team visits disease centre; Japan extends virus emergency

Agencies, Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 06:55 AM IST
The World Health Organization experts visited an animal disease centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan as part of their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The team members wore full protective gear during Tuesday's visit (AP)(AP)
The team members wore full protective gear during Tuesday's visit (AP)(AP)

WHO team visits animal disease center in Wuhan, China

AP, Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 06:27 PM IST
  • Team member Peter Daszak, a zoologist with the EcoHealth Alliance, said “excellent facilities, very informative meeting” from an open window as the group left the center in minivans. He also tweeted that they had met with staff in charge of livestock health in Hubei province and toured laboratories.
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In this file picture from 2013, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs a.k.a RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan performs during the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. The emblem of the hip-hop group which angered China can be seen in the background. (REUTERS)
In this file picture from 2013, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs a.k.a RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan performs during the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California. The emblem of the hip-hop group which angered China can be seen in the background. (REUTERS)

Wuhan or Wu-Tang? Canadian diplomat's T-shirt logo angers China

Reuters, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 03:22 PM IST
The logo of the American group is a stylized "W". Reports of the T-shirt order circulating on China's Twitter-like Weibo described it as depicting a bat, without mentioning Wu-Tang Clan.
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In Brazil, protestors marched in several cities on Sunday to condemn President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis.(Reuters)
In Brazil, protestors marched in several cities on Sunday to condemn President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis.(Reuters)

WHO team continues Covid-19 origin probe as protests held in more countries

Agencies, Berlin
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 12:34 AM IST
A World Health Organization team visited the Huanan food market in Wuhan as part of its fieldwork in a politically sensitive mission to investigate the origins of the pandemic.
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The World Health Organization team is briefed outside the Huanan Seafood Market on the third day of their field visit in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Scientists initially suspected the coronavirus came from wild animals sold in the market. The market has since been largely ruled out but for the visiting WHO team of international researchers it could still provide hints to how the virus spread so widely. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)
The World Health Organization team is briefed outside the Huanan Seafood Market on the third day of their field visit in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Scientists initially suspected the coronavirus came from wild animals sold in the market. The market has since been largely ruled out but for the visiting WHO team of international researchers it could still provide hints to how the virus spread so widely. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)

WHO experts visit wet market in Wuhan; lockdown in Perth

Agencies, Wuhan/sydney
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 07:12 AM IST
Members of the group arrived at Huanan seafood market - which has been sealed since January last year - driving into its barricaded premises as guards quickly blocked others from entering, according to AFP journalists at the scene.
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Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) visit Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)
Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) visit Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(REUTERS)

WHO team visits Wuhan's Huanan food market, likely origin of Covid-19

AFP
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 05:41 PM IST
The emergence of the new variants has further complicated the fight against the coronavirus, which first emerged in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan before unleashing death and economic devastation around the world.
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The Geneva-based WHO said that the team plans to visit hospitals and markets like the Huanan Seafood Market.(AP)
The Geneva-based WHO said that the team plans to visit hospitals and markets like the Huanan Seafood Market.(AP)

WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of coronavirus clues

AP, Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 10:05 AM IST
The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak.
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The area outside a mall in Bangkok, decorated to mark the coming Lunar New Year, wears a deserted look due to Covid-related curbs.(AFP)
The area outside a mall in Bangkok, decorated to mark the coming Lunar New Year, wears a deserted look due to Covid-related curbs.(AFP)

Mask order in US; probe in China proceeds

Agencies, Washington/beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 02:06 AM IST
US CDC reportedly sees over 434 cases of the new Covid strain that was found in UK
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The Geneva-based WHO visited Jinyantan Hospital which treated early Covid-19 patients (AFP)
The Geneva-based WHO visited Jinyantan Hospital which treated early Covid-19 patients (AFP)

WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that treated early Covid-19 patients

AP, Wuhan
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 11:02 AM IST
  • Jinyantan Hospital was one of the city’s first to deal with patients in early 2020 suffering from a then-unknown virus and is a key part of the epidemiological history of the disease. The experts visited another early site of the outbreak, the Hubei Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital.
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The first clusters of Covid-19 were detected in Wuhan in late 2019.(AP file photo. Representative image)
The first clusters of Covid-19 were detected in Wuhan in late 2019.(AP file photo. Representative image)

WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that had early coronavirus patients

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 07:13 AM IST
The WHO team members and Chinese officials earlier had their first in-person meetings at a hotel ahead of field visits in and around the central city of Wuhan in the coming days.
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Beijing has so far frustrated international efforts to track the origins of the virus, which has killed more than 2.1 million people globally, and only recently allowed the WHO team into China after repeated delays.(AFP)
Beijing has so far frustrated international efforts to track the origins of the virus, which has killed more than 2.1 million people globally, and only recently allowed the WHO team into China after repeated delays.(AFP)

WHO China mission set to begin as US demands 'robust' virus origin probe

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 02:57 PM IST
"It's imperative that we get to the bottom of the early days of the pandemic in China, and we've been supportive of an international investigation that we feel should be robust and clear," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
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Members of a WHO team arrives in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the 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. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)
Members of a WHO team arrives in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the 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. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)

WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for Covid origins study

AP, Wuhan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 01:12 PM IST
China has staunchly defended its response, possibly out of concern over the reputational or even financial costs are being lacking.
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In this file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. (AP)
In this file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. (AP)

Families of Covid-19 victims in Wuhan say they are being silenced

AFP, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 04:31 AM IST
  • Scores of relatives have banded together online in a shared quest for accountability from Wuhan officials who they blame for mishandling the outbreak that tore through the city one year ago.
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Wuhan resident Zhu Tao speaks during an interview near boxes of instant noodles stacked in his bedroom at home in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP)
Wuhan resident Zhu Tao speaks during an interview near boxes of instant noodles stacked in his bedroom at home in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP)

Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:58 AM IST
Zhu, a 44-year-old smelter at the city’s state-run iron and steel works, is well outside the mainstream in China. He is a hardboiled government critic, an on-and-off demonstrator, a supporter of the Hong Kong democracy movement.
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The virus has killed at least two million people globally and continues to spread, but in China less than 5,000 deaths have been reported by authorities.(REUTERS)
The virus has killed at least two million people globally and continues to spread, but in China less than 5,000 deaths have been reported by authorities.(REUTERS)

Pride and caution in Wuhan on lockdown anniversary

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:09 AM IST
A year ago Saturday, Wuhan shocked the world by ordering 11 million anxious citizens be confined at home, beginning a traumatic 76-day lockdown that underscored the growing threat of a then-mysterious pathogen emanating from the city.
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A vendor wearing a mask to protect from the coronavirus walks through her store of Chinese New Year decorations in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Life appears to be back to normal on the eve of the anniversary of the 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. (AP)
A vendor wearing a mask to protect from the coronavirus walks through her store of Chinese New Year decorations in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Life appears to be back to normal on the eve of the anniversary of the 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. (AP)

A timeline: Wuhan, one year after coronavirus lockdown

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Following is a timeline of key events since the first cases of the virus were detected in the city of 11 million residents in Hubei province.
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Volunteers from the Blue Sky Rescue team disinfect at the Qintai Grand Theatre in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of China's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. (Reuters)
Volunteers from the Blue Sky Rescue team disinfect at the Qintai Grand Theatre in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of China's coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak. (Reuters)

Wuhan, one year after coronavirus lockdown

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:29 PM IST
A timeline of key events since the first cases of the virus were detected in the city of 11 million residents in Hubei province
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Medical workers move a person who died from Covid-19 at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP/ File photo)
Medical workers move a person who died from Covid-19 at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (AP/ File photo)

Explained: What is WHO team looking for in Wuhan

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 05:16 PM IST
The Wuhan Institute of Virology maintains an extensive archive of genetic sequences of bat coronaviruses built in the wake of the 2003 SARS pandemic. WHO team members would hope for access to lab logbooks and data, both junior and senior researchers and safety protocols.
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