A World Health Organization team in China to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic ended 14 days of hotel quarantine on Thursday, kicking off the field portion of their month-long mission.
Team members were seen boarding a bus outside their hotel in Wuhan around 3pm, after being cleared to leave following the mandatory isolation period.
The 14-member team includes international veterinary, virology and medical experts, as well as five WHO officials. They have spent the first two weeks of their mission in video meetings with Chinese scientists, as they work to understand where the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 came from and how it began spreading in Wuhan, where it was first identified in late 2019.
Several of the international experts took to Twitter on Thursday to celebrate the end of the isolation period.