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WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate pandemic origins

UPDATE: WUHAN, China (AP) -- The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visit has been shrouded in secrecy, with neither China nor the WHO revealing what the team will do or where it will go.

The search for the origins is likely to be a years-long effort that could help prevent future pandemics.

Scientists initially suspected the virus came from wild animals sold in the Wuhan market.

The market has since been largely ruled out but it could provide hints to how the virus spread so widely.

Samples from the market may still be available, along with the testimony of those involved in the early response.

WUHAN, China (AP) -- A global team of researchers has arrived in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to investigate its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.

The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was approved by President Xi Jinping's government after months of diplomatic wrangling that prompted an unusual public complaint by the head of WHO.

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed more than 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

Beijing, stung by accusations it allowed the disease to spread, says the virus came from abroad, but foreign scientists say that is unlikely.

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