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Two members of WHO team blocked from entering China over failed coronavirus test

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Health workers in personal protection suits stand next to buses at a cordoned-off section at the international arrivals area, where arriving travellers are to be taken into quarantine, at the international airport in Wuhan on January 14, 2021, following the arrival of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Two members of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic have been blocked from flying to China after failing a coronavirus test.

Hong Kong (CNN)Two members of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic have been blocked from flying to China after failing a coronavirus test.

The scientists in question are being retested, and had previously been tested and found negative for coronavirus multiple times, the organization said, adding that those scientists who have been able to travel to China, "will begin their work immediately during the 2 weeks quarantine protocol for international travelers. "

At a regular press conference Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the country "will strictly follow the relevant epidemic prevention regulations and requirements, and provide corresponding support and facilities for WHO experts who come to China to carry out international cooperation on tracing the origin of the virus. "

Koopmans said that they have been told nothing is off limits while in China and said the team will be working in collaboration with their Chinese colleagues "looking at the data, talking to people with expertise, and concluding from what's been done, and what can be built on. "

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