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WHO experts under quarantine in Wuhan say they are 'well taken care of'
Published: Jan 18, 2021 03:59 PM

WHO experts arrive at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on January 14. Photo: VCG


Some of the WHO experts who came to Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, to study the origin of the coronavirus have shared their quarantine experience on social media, including daily body temperature checks and daily food and necessity supplies, saying they are being "well taken care of."

Such active sharing of daily moments on Twitter through photos and videos has also become a major channel of illustrating how the collective quarantine process works in China, analysts said. 

Foreigners who come into the country during the epidemic have to go through a series of steps and usually undergo 14-day quarantine and health monitoring for another week in some cities like Beijing. 

Marion Koopmans, head of the viroscience department at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam in the Netherlands, shared a video on her Twitter account on Sunday showing an epidemic prevention and control worker at the collective quarantine site where WHO experts are staying in Wuhan gave a "victory" sign. In the post, the Dutch scientist said, "Morning call for temperature check. We are well taken care of."

WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on Thursday and checked in to their designated hotel for quarantine. They will work with the Chinese team to try to find out the scientific answers to the origin of the coronavirus, the WHO previously revealed. 

Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, also tweeted on Monday morning - the fourth day of quarantine - with a picture of the sunrise in Wuhan and the breakfast he had, which included dragon fruit and coffee. Netizens also left messages on those posts wishing the scientists "good luck."

The WHO thanked China for its cooperation in carrying out the WHO-led global investigation into the origin of the novel coronavirus, while stressing that the probe is complex and a final answer will be difficult to reach.

Global Times

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