Coronavirus live news: China records first local death in eight months as New York pleads for more Covid vaccine

New York Mayor warns city will fall short of its inoculation goals unless it gets more vaccine; first death in China for eight months recorded in Hebei provinceCoronavirus variant from UK ‘must not get out of hand’ warns EUUS coronavirus death toll reaches new one-day highUK coronavirus deaths pass 100,000 after 1,564 reported in one dayTokyo outbreak adds to doubts over hosting Olympic GamesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.32am GMT The WHO’s global team of researchers have Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected, to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries, AP reports.

The 10-member team sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization was approved by President Xi Jinping’s government after months of diplomatic wrangling that prompted an unusual public complaint by the head of the WHO.

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals, most likely in China’s southwest. The ruling Communist Party, stung by complaints it allowed the disease to spread, says the virus came from abroad, possibly on imported seafood, but scientists reject that.The @WHO team will receive both throat swabs and antibody tests at #Wuhan airport, and will be quarantined for 14 days in accordance with regulations. 4.13am GMT The Hebei death comes as China readies for the arrival of an expert team of scientists from the World Health Organization, who will start a politically sensitive investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.The 10-strong team is expected to arrive shortly in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus was first detected in late 2019. Continue reading…

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