WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the issue was down to a lack of visa clearances, and he was “very disappointed” that China had not yet finalised the permissions for the team’s arrivals “given that two members had already begun their journeys and others were not able to travel at the last minute”.
He added that he had been in contact with senior Chinese officials to stress “that the mission is a priority for WHO and the international team”.
Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019, with the initial outbreak linked to a market.
However, observers say China has now been seeking to distance itself from its early connections to the coronavirus, instead emphasising its successes in combatting the pandemic.
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