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WHO must also look elsewhere, China says ahead of COVID probe

10-member team set to trace virus origins starting in Wuhan on Thursday

China has questioned the widely held belief that the pandemic originated in Wuhan. (Source photos by AFP/Jiji and Getty Images) 

SHANGHAI -- An international team of scientists from the World Health Organization will begin tracing the origin of the COVID-19 virus in China on Thursday, even as Beijing suggests it should also look in other countries.

The proposal reflects the country's long-held view that the virus, which has infected over 90 million people and caused nearly 2 million deaths worldwide, might not have originated in Wuhan.

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