COVID tests should play bigger role in international travel - WHO expert


FILE PHOTO: A logo of the World Health Organization (WHO), is seen before a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - COVID tests should be more widely used in international travel than quarantines, the chair of the World Health Organization's Emergency Committee, Didier Houssin, said on Friday.

Top emergency expert Mike Ryan earlier said that travelling was now "relatively safe" with a "relatively low" risk.

He also said it was difficult to do scientific work on the origin of the virus, first identified in China last December, in a "politically intoxicated" environment.

(This story corrects wording of quote in paragraph three)

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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