China agrees to invite WHO expert after he found negative in second COVID-19 test

China has agreed to invite a British expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 research team to come to China after the expert tested negative in a new round of COVID-19 antibodies test, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday.

The British expert was among two WHO team members who did not board a flight to China after they tested positive for IgM antibodies in Singapore on Thursday. 

In a further test for antibodies, the British expert got a negative result, said Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson from the ministry on Friday, adding that China has now agreed on the British expert's trip to the country.

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