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EXPLAINER: how experts in China are going to hunt COVID sources

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On Thursday, a team of researchers of the World Health Organization began their hunt of answers on the source of the COVID-19 pandemic in their hotel for the first time since they arrived in Wuhan, Central China.

Details of their itineraries have not been made public, and it is unclear how often China would allow researchers access to the places they want to visit and to the people with whom they want to interact.

How’s the theatre in Chinese?

Scientists are hoping that information on the latest coronavirus’ earliest known cases, which was first discovered in Wuhan, would help them understand more precisely where it originated from and avoid possible pandemics of this nature.

Worldwide researchers are keen to obtain access to early-emerging samples from the Huanan Seafood Industry and the Wuhan Hospital Records.

The team will visit both the market and the areas in the early stages.

It may also be used in a workshop at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was constructed after the 2003 SARS pandemic and has a large archive of genetic sequences of bat coronaviruses. Without demonstrating that the Virus may have escaped from the Institute, US officials in the former Trump administration suggested.

Experts say that the new coronavirus has never emerged from the Wuhan laboratory and that the study of the latest genome of coronavirus removes the scope for human modification.

The researchers may also visit the daunting hospitals at the height of the pandemic in China and the local branch of the Chinese Centre.

As the latest strain in the United Kingdom illustrates, the maritime market and those where early cases have appeared remain relevant because the virus is continually evolving.

What are you looking for to learn? What are you doing?

Wuhan was the first site for discovery of cases of COVID-19, but it is extremely likely that 11 million people from elsewhere arrived in the industrial region.

Genetic sequencing reveals the coronavirus started in bats and was presumably spared before humans became infected to another species.

In a mine shaft, near 1,000 miles (1,600 miles) southwest of Wuhan, near the Chinese boundary with Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, the bats, a virus which is known as the closet relative to CO VID-19 were found in bats. The Associated Press has not been able to access the mine. In December 2019, in Wuhan, people started to get diseased and many were linked to the seafood market.

Initially, scientists were believed that the virus was caused by wild animals that were sold on the market, which prompted China to target the trade. But the ensuing finding of prior cases brought this hypothesis into question.

The CDC of China said samples taken from the market prove that it was possibly a distributed location for the virus and not a spot where it began. The capacity and reputation of the WHO team to improve our understanding of the virus will rely partly on accessing those samples. A analysis of the genes from Wuhan’s earliest known cases could provide hints as to how this came to pass from a mammal such as a bamboo rat, a civet, and bats to people.

What are the choices of the facet of the team??

What China would encourage scientists to see and do is the big question.

The ruling Communist Party has an interest that studies will explain the way it treats the virus and even demand for compensation if it appears to be neglectful.

In China, independent studies about the epidemic have been stifled and little information about the origin of the virus has been released. The AP study showed that the government tightly controls and prohibits scientists from talking to the media all COVID-19-related studies.

Another AP study showed that WHO officials secretly complained that China had exchanged crucial knowledge about the disease, including the genetic sequence of the virus, along with the United Nations. Publicly lauded China by the health agency for its timely response.

The virus may have emerged from overseas China, hit by allegations that it allowed the disease to spread. A government spokesman has said that searching for sources would entail study abroad, particularly in bat colonies in neighbouring Southeast Asia.

The same has been said by an authority on the WHO team and researchers are investigating this opportunity.

When are we going to know the adversaries?

It would potentially take years to locate the root of the COVID-19.

The origins of SARS took more than a decade and the origins of Ebola, first discovered in the 1970s, remain obscure.

But it would serve to deter potential infections in wild animals by understanding where the virus originated from.

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