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WHO and China gear up for coronavirus probe: Five things to know

Team expected to hunt for COVID origins in Wuhan under pressure for answers

A worker disinfects a hospital once designated for coronavirus patients in Wuhan, China, in this file photo from March 2020.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- The World Health Organization is expected to dispatch a team of international experts to China in January to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

Beijing has long deflected allegations that it hid information about the virus, which was first reported in the city of Wuhan on Dec. 8, 2019. The government has also resisted calls for an independent international inquiry into the source of the pandemic, though it has been willing to work with the WHO to some degree.

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