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Scientists arrive in Wuhan to investigate COVID-19 origin

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On Thursday, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) entered Wuhan, the administrative center of China's central province of Hubei, Report informs, citing the CGTN TV channel's Twitter page.

"The WHO scientists have arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan to cooperate in research on the origins of COVID-19. The team will undergo quarantine procedures before starting fieldwork," said post.

Earlier, the Chinese government has not allowed the WHO commission staff investigating the coronavirus into the country. The visit's purpose was to investigate the cause of the virus in Wuhan, where COVID-19 is allegedly spread.

China agreed to the visit of WHO representatives in mid-December.

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Oil falling on fears of decrease in global demand

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World oil prices slightly decreased on January 25 morning, as the situation with the coronavirus and quarantine restrictions in the world raises concerns around the prospects for demand in crude, Report informs citing Prime agency.

As of 8:46 (Baku time), the price of April futures for North Sea Brent crude oil blend fell by 0.14 percent, to $55.17 per barrel, March futures – by 0.13 percent to $55.34. The price of March futures for WTI oil dropped by 0.08 percent to $52.23 per barrel.

"Signs of weakening oil demand are holding back the market," Reuters reports referring to analysts at ANZ, pointing to the quarantine situation in China, Hong Kong, and France.

Fears of tightening restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic generally restrain expectations for oil demand. So, earlier, the media reported about the possibility of a new tightening of quarantine in France.

Besides, the markets are worried about the statistics on infections in China, which is the largest oil importer in the world.

Over the past day, 124 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country. Since the middle of the month, the figure has exceeded 100 cases per day, which corresponds to July’s statistics. Investors fear the lunar New Year celebration in China could trigger a new surge in infections.

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Georgia reports 198 Covid cases, 16 died

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Georgia recorded 298 new COVID cases over the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 1,311 patients recovered from the disease, and 16 others died, Report’s Georgian Service reported citing the country’s National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.

The Caucasian country has registered 253,816 cases of COVID-19 infection since the pandemic onset. The total number of recoveries has reached 243,396, while the death toll hit 3,071.

Currently, 7,323 patients are being treated in the country for COVID-19.

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South Korea culls 21.7 million poultry due to bird flu

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As many as 21.7 million poultry were killed on all farms in South Korea as part of measures to combat avian flu, Report mentions, citing the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

In November 2020, a highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus was detected in South Korea.

Seventy-two cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been registered in the country.

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