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WHO team of experts visits two Wuhan hospitals

2020-02-24 HKT 13:42
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  • A doctor in a protective suit talks to patients at a temporary hospital at Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan. Photo: AP
    A doctor in a protective suit talks to patients at a temporary hospital at Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan. Photo: AP
Experts from the World Health Organisation have visited the capital of Hubei province, the epicentre of the deadly global coronavirus outbreak, mainland authorities said on Monday.

The trip over the weekend is the first reported visit to Wuhan by the WHO since the virus emerged from the city of 11 million people late last year.

The international group of experts led by the WHO inspected two hospitals during their visit, including a makeshift one at a sports centre, the National Health Commission said on Monday.

They also met with Ma Xiaowei, the director of the national health commission, and top officials at the centre for disease control for Hubei province
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China has quarantined Wuhan and other cities in Hubei, blocking tens of millions of residents from travelling, since late January, to try and contain the virus.

Most of the deaths have been in Wuhan. Multiple provinces have reported zero new infections for several days in a row, even as the situation continues to worsen in parts of Hubei and outside of China.

The WHO team arrived in China more than a week ago to observe research and testing efforts, so they could then help with recommendations for fighting the epidemic, the National Health Council said previously.

The WHO has praised Beijing for its handling of the epidemic, but some critics have questioned this, wondering if the global body is bowing to political pressure from Beijing.

Chinese authorities have been criticised at home for silencing early warnings from a whistleblower doctor who later died from the virus. The United States has also called for more transparency.

Mainland figures show the numbers of daily new infections have been on a downward trend, but health authorities have sowed confusion about the data by repeatedly changing counting methods. (AFP)