A World Health Organisation (WHO) team on Friday started virtual meetings with Chinese officials from a hotel in Wuhan city of China where coronavirus emerged at the end of 2019.

The WHO team arrived in China on Thursday without two of its members who failed coronavirus antibody tests in Singapore.

One of the two missing members of the team, a UK national, will be allowed to travel to China after re-testing negative in an antibody test, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing on Friday. The other member, who is Sudanese, is still testing positive for antibodies, he said.

“We will remain in contact with the WHO on these matters,” he said.

The team of 15 had all tested negative for the disease prior to leaving their home countries, and underwent further testing while in transit in Singapore.

“Team now undergoing the mandatory 14 days quarantine & being treated very well by our hosts. Work begins today, day 1, in teleconf. mtgs w/ China team,” tweeted team member Peter Daszak, a zoologist.

The driveway and parking of the hotel where the team are staying was cordoned off with tape on Friday and security personnel stood guard at the entrance.

China is on alert again over a resurgence of coronavirus infections in its northeast.

The story was filed by the News Desk. The Desk can be reached at info@thecorrespondent.com.pk.


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