A year after first death in China, source of COVID-19 remains a puzzle

A year after first death in China, source of COVID-19 remains a puzzle

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BEIJING: It is the world's most pressing scientific puzzle, but experts warn there may never be conclusive answers over the source of COVID-19, the new coronavirus, after an investigative effort marked from the start by disarray, and Chinese secrecy.

January 11 marks the anniversary of China confirming its first death from Covid-19, a 61-year-old man who was a regular at the now-notorious Wuhan wet market.

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Nearly two million deaths later, the pandemic is out of control across much of the world, leaving tens of millions ill, and the economies in a complete disarray.

Even as the pandemic has continued to rage across America,  preparations are still ongoing for a World Health Organization (WHO) mission to Wuhan to investigate the source of COVID-19, following a rare rebuke from the UN body over a delay to the long-planned trip. Beijing had yet to finalise permission as the team of WHO experts had begun travelling to China.

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