A team of WHO experts investigating the origins of the coronavirus have toured a propaganda exhibition celebrating China’s recovery from the pandemic in Wuhan.
On Saturday afternoon, the team visited a cavernous exhibition that applauds the emergency response of Wuhan health authorities in the chaotic, early stages of the outbreak.
The group was driven to the Jinyintan Hospital, the first to receive officially diagnosed Covid-19 patients in late 2019, as the horrors of the virus emerged in the central Chinese city.
Details of the trip have been scant so far, with the media kept at arm’s length and information on the itinerary dribbling out via tweets from the World Health authorities Organization experts.
The WHO mission comes with heavy political baggage — China refused the team access until mid-January and there are question marks over what the experts can hope to find a year after the virus first emerged.
Last week, China warned the United States against “political interference” during the trip, after the White House demanded a “robust and clear” investigation.
The WHO insists the probe will stick tightly to the science behind how the virus jumped from animals — believed to be bats — to humans.
The team is also expected to visit the market believed to have seen the first major cluster of infections, as well as the Wuhan Institute of Virology and other labs.