What we know about the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond
An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 17 and infected nearly 600 people globally.
An outbreak of a new coronavirus that began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 17 and infected nearly 600 people globally. Global health authorities fear the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday that begins on Saturday.
Here is what we know so far about Coronavirus:
DEATH TOLL CONFIRMED BY THE CHINA'S NATIONAL COMMISSION
ORIGIN OF THE VIRUS
Preliminary research suggests the virus was passed to humans from snakes, but Chinese government medical adviser Zhong Nanshan has also identified badgers and rats as possible sources.The previously unknown strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in Wuhan. Photo: Reuters
ANY VACCINE FOR THIS?
CORONAVIRUS SPREADING IN WUHAN
Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, is on lockdown, with urban transport networks shut and outgoing flights suspended.Wuhan residentshave rushedto hospitals for checks and scrambledfor supplies at supermarkets and petrol stations.Nearby Huanggang, a city of 6 million people, is suspending public transportandclosing indoor venues, including movie theatres and internet cafes, from the end of Thursday. Photo: Reuters
MEASURES TAKEN BY OTHER COUNTRIES
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ON CORONAVIRUS
The World Health Organization will decide on Thursday whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency, which would step up the international response.World shares fell on Thursday, led by the biggest decline in Chinese stocks in more than eight months, as concern mounted about the spread of the virus. Photo: Reuters