The World Health Organisation team’s visit has become a bone of contention as Beijing, which questions the widely-held view about the virus’ origins in Wuhan, has delayed granting permission to it.
The visit is also taking place when China, which has effectively contained the virus, is experiencing a relapse of the disease in several places in Hebei province close to Beijing.
China has reported 55 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 40 in north China’s Hebei province and one in the Chinese capital.
Hebei province reported a total of 326 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases and 234 asymptomatic infections from January 2 to January 12 till 10 am, Vice Governor Xu Jianpei said.
China had postponed the NPC meeting to May last year for the first time in its history due to coronavirus.