WHO team members tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease pandemic leave their quarantine hotel in Wuhan. Reuters
A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic left its quarantine hotel on Thursday to begin fieldwork, two weeks after arriving in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged in late 2019.
The team boarded a bus and departed the hotel shortly after 3pm local time (0700 GMT) without speaking to journalists.
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