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China is preventing the arrival of a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of SAR-CoV-2, the Guardian reports, adding that visas for some team members were not yet approved.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, expressed disappointment regarding the situation, according to the Guardian. It adds that the WHO's Mike Ryan hopes the issue can be resolved quickly.

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