Beijing: Two World Health Organisation experts have arrived in China for research on the source of the new coronavirus, the country’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed on Monday.
Hua said the experts might also make a similar trip to other countries and regions.
“WHO also believes that to trace the source of the virus is a continuous and developing process, which may involve multiple countries and regions.
Scientists believe the virus may have originated in bats, then was transmitted through another mammal such such as a civet cat or an armadillo-like pangolin before being passed on to people at a fresh food market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
In an effort to block future outbreaks, China has cracked down on the trade in wildlife and closed some wet markets, while enforcing strict containment measures that appear to have virtually stopped new local infections.
The WHO mission is politically sensitive, with the U.S. – the organisation’s top funder – moving to cut ties with it over allegations it mishandled the outbreak and is biased toward China.