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  • COVID-19: WHO Chief Ghebreyesus says it was 'premature' to rule out Wuhan lab leak Jul 15, 2021 08:33 PM IST

    COVID-19: WHO Chief Ghebreyesus says it was 'premature' to rule out Wuhan lab leak

    Tedros told reporters that the U.N. health agency based in Geneva is 'asking actually China to be transparent, open and cooperate, especially on the information, raw data that we asked for at the early days of the pandemic.'

  • There was nothing strange, but probe is needed: Foreign scientist at Wuhan lab speaks out Jun 28, 2021 11:11 AM IST

    There was nothing strange, but probe is needed: Foreign scientist at Wuhan lab speaks out

    Danielle Anderson, the only foreign scientist to have undertaken research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 lab, told Bloomberg that she is convinced that the novel coronavirus was not made intentionally to infect people and deliberately released.

  • Did coronavirus originate in a Wuhan lab? Clamour grows for China to offer answers Jun 15, 2021 05:01 PM IST

    Did coronavirus originate in a Wuhan lab? Clamour grows for China to offer answers

    Over the past few weeks, statements from the White House and the G7 have spurred renewed interest on how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may have developed. Here's a breakdown of the various theories, including the one that it leaked from a Wuhan lab.

  • Masks off, mortarboards on: Wuhan sheds COVID for mass graduation Jun 15, 2021 11:54 AM IST

    Masks off, mortarboards on: Wuhan sheds COVID for mass graduation

    COVID-19 first emerged in late 2019 in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei province, sending the city of 11 million into one of the world's strictest lockdowns.

  • COVID-19 | Chinese scientist at centre of virus controversy denies lab leak theory Jun 15, 2021 10:58 AM IST

    COVID-19 | Chinese scientist at centre of virus controversy denies lab leak theory

    Dr Shi Zhengli has denied her institution in Wuhan was to blame for the health disaster.

  • Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed: Report May 24, 2021 08:14 AM IST

    Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed: Report

    The newspaper said the report - which provides fresh details on the number of researchers affected, the timing of their illnesses, and their hospital visits - may add weight to calls for a broader probe of whether the COVID-19 virus could have escaped from the laboratory.

  • Chinese military and health officials discussed weaponising coronavirus in 2015, claims 'leaked' document May 09, 2021 11:04 PM IST

    Chinese military and health officials discussed weaponising coronavirus in 2015, claims 'leaked' document

    The document shows the Chinese officials describing SARS coronaviruses as heralding a "new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human disease virus", the Australian media reported.

  • The Wuhan lab at the heart of the 'extremely unlikely' leak theory Mar 29, 2021 04:31 PM IST

    The Wuhan lab at the heart of the 'extremely unlikely' leak theory

    The institute houses a lab with a biosafety rating of "P4" -- the highest possible -- which is determined by the level of danger and resulting security measures posed by the pathogens studied there. P4-level pathogens include those which cause diseases such as Ebola.

  • WHO scraps plan for interim report on Wuhan virus mission: Report Mar 05, 2021 11:52 AM IST

    WHO scraps plan for interim report on Wuhan virus mission: Report

    The WHO team returned recently from its visit there saying it had no clear finding on the genesis of the virus, amid tensions between the US and China on what caused the once-in-a century global health crisis.

  • COVID-19 Origin | The next Wuhan could be anywhere in the world Feb 18, 2021 08:46 AM IST

    COVID-19 Origin | The next Wuhan could be anywhere in the world

    Back-tracing all the data from the earliest COVID-19 infections to trace the origins of the infection is important. More than scoring political brownie points and pointing fingers, science demands this be done

  • WHO mission says lab leak virus theory 'extremely unlikely Feb 09, 2021 04:28 PM IST

    WHO mission says lab leak virus theory 'extremely unlikely

    The laboratory incident hypothesis is extremely unlikely to explain the introduction of the virus into the human population," said Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the WHO mission.

  • WHO-led COVID-19 probe team visits sites in Wuhan Feb 04, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    WHO-led COVID-19 probe team visits sites in Wuhan

    A team of investigators led by the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived on February 2 at an animal health facility in China's central city of Wuhan in the search for clues about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. The independent team has already visited key hospitals, the regional disease control centre, and the city's Huanan seafood market, where the first cluster of infections was believed to have originated late in 2019.

  • COVID-19: WHO experts visit Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan Jan 31, 2021 07:32 PM IST

    COVID-19: WHO experts visit Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan

    The visit which took place amid tight security assumed significance as the market was widely presumed to be the source of the virus though Chinese official media in recent months questioned the premise.

  • A year after Wuhan lockdown, China sees small rise in COVID-19 cases Jan 23, 2021 04:01 PM IST

    A year after Wuhan lockdown, China sees small rise in COVID-19 cases

    The National Health Commission said 107 new COVID-19 cases had been identified in the mainland on Saturday, up from 103 cases the day before.

  • Wuhan researchers fell sick before outbreak, China systematically prevented COVID-19 probe: US state department Jan 18, 2021 04:11 PM IST

    Wuhan researchers fell sick before outbreak, China systematically prevented COVID-19 probe: US state department

    The state department says it has a “reason to believe” that several researchers at the Wuhan virology Institute became sick in autumn 2019–before the first identified case of the outbreak–and the symptoms were consistent with COVID-19.

  • Wuhan a year later | Life gradually returning to normal at China's COVID-19 epicentre Jan 16, 2021 04:23 PM IST

    Wuhan a year later | Life gradually returning to normal at China's COVID-19 epicentre

    Face masks aside, people are going about their daily life pretty much as normal in the Chinese city that was first hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. It's a remarkable turnaround for the 11 million residents of Wuhan, a city devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The commercial hub on the mighty Yangtze River spent 76 days in lockdown last year, from January to April.

  • Two members of WHO delegation to Wuhan held back over health screening Jan 14, 2021 03:15 PM IST

    Two members of WHO delegation to Wuhan held back over health screening

    The team of 15 had all tested negative for the disease prior to leaving their home countries, and underwent further testing while in transit in Singapore.

  • She chronicled China’s crisis, now she is accused of spreading lies Jan 05, 2021 11:05 PM IST

    She chronicled China’s crisis, now she is accused of spreading lies

    Zhang Zhan was among of a wave of journalists, professionals and amateurs who flocked to Wuhan after the lockdown was imposed in late January.

  • China denies coronavirus leaked from Wuhan lab, says global outbreaks caused pandemic Jan 04, 2021 08:20 PM IST

    China denies coronavirus leaked from Wuhan lab, says global outbreaks caused pandemic

    Beijing is yet to confirm the visit by the WHO team and remained silent about granting permission for it to visit Wuhan city in central China.

  • Postcards from Wuhan: One year on, residents share lockdown memories, hopes for 2021 Dec 20, 2020 11:25 AM IST

    Postcards from Wuhan: One year on, residents share lockdown memories, hopes for 2021

    It's been almost seven months since the city recorded a locally transmitted case of the disease due to a strict city-wide lockdown and a mass testing event of almost all the city's 11 million residents.

  • One year on, COVID-19's original epicentre Wuhan relearns partying Dec 18, 2020 11:27 AM IST

    One year on, COVID-19's original epicentre Wuhan relearns partying

    Almost 11 months after China's Wuhan city first went into a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, people are re-learning how to party.

  • One year on, Wuhan market at epicentre of virus outbreak remains barricaded and empty Dec 11, 2020 02:50 PM IST

    One year on, Wuhan market at epicentre of virus outbreak remains barricaded and empty

    That changed on Dec. 31, 2019, after four cases of a mystery pneumonia were linked to the market and it was shuttered overnight. By the end of the month, the city had begun a gruelling 76-day lockdown that came with just hours notice and barred people from leaving their homes.

  • COVID-19: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms Dec 03, 2020 04:46 PM IST

    COVID-19: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

    The Shanghai companies — GeneoDx Biotech, Huirui Biotechnology, and BioGerm Medical Technology -- paid the China CDC for the information and the distribution rights, according to two sources with knowledge of the transaction who asked to remain anonymous to avoid retribution.

  • India to operate first Vande Bharat flight to Wuhan on October 30 Oct 23, 2020 09:15 PM IST

    India to operate first Vande Bharat flight to Wuhan on October 30

    The Indian Embassy press release here said the upcoming VBM flight scheduled for October 23 has been postponed to October 30. The flight will be now operated on Delhi-Wuhan-Delhi sector.

  • Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China Sep 13, 2020 05:12 PM IST

    Domestic air travel recovers in Wuhan, China

    The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a tidal wave of cases that required the rapid construction of field hospitals to handle the overflow.

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