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Chinese scientist who published COVID-19 virus sequence allowed back in his lab after sit-in protest


BEIJING (AP) — The first scientist to publish a sequence of the COVID-19 virus in China says he has been allowed back into his lab after days of protest. Zhang Yongzhen posted online early Wednesday that authorities had “tentatively agreed” to allow him and his team to return to his laboratory and continue their research for now. Zhang had been staging a sit-in protest outside his lab since the weekend after he and his team were suddenly notified they had to leave their lab, a sign of Beijing’s continuing pressure on scientists conducting research on the coronavirus.

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