WHO experts to arrive in China for virus origins probe, as outbreak grows

WHO experts to arrive in China for virus origins probe, as outbreak grows

Beijing: China says a group of experts from the World Health Organisation is due to arrive this week for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

A one-sentence announcement from the National Health Commission said on Monday the experts would arrive on Thursday and meet with Chinese counterparts, but it gave no other details.

China has been criticised heavily by the WHO over delays in the investigation.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether they would travel to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019.

China has been accused of a cover-up that delayed its initial response, allowing the virus to spread.

Australia and other countries have called for an investigation into the origins of the virus.