Outbreak of coronavirus: All you need to know

Henrietta Strickland
February 9, 2020

Here are a few key points about coronavirus.

Health authorities in Beijing's Daxing district said two people who had travelled to Wuhan were treated for pneumonia linked to the virus and are in stable condition. Some experts have drawn parallels between the new coronavirus and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, another coronavirus that does not spread very easily among humans and is thought to be carried by camels. Aside from typical ocean fare, there have been reports that processed meats and live consumable animals, including poultry, donkeys, sheep, pigs, camels, foxes, badgers, bamboo rats, hedgehogs and reptiles, were also sold at the market in question.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animal, including camels, cats, and bats, the CDC said. Scientists have said that this new strain, which has pneumonia-like symptoms, is similar to SARS.

It belongs to the family of the SARS virus, which killed almost 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China. "The global community is very familiar with what happened with SARS in the past and this is something that is on our radar that is possible and what we need to prepare ourselves for", said Van Kerkhove.

Wuhan authorities said they have installed infrared thermometers at airports, railway stations and coach stations across the city.

Wuhan's open seafood market has been closed since the outbreak, the MRC said. But the magnitude of these numbers suggests that substantial human-to-human transmission can not be ruled out.

Meanwhile, health officials in South Korea on Monday confirmed the country's first case of the disease. Health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan are reporting the first death from a new type of coronavirus.

The KCDC raised its infection alert level from "attention" to "caution" following the first confirmed case of the virus and will expand monitoring.

Majority appear to have left for home for the Chinese New Year holidays.

She went to hospital in Wuhan on Saturday with symptoms of a cold and was prescribed medication before flying to Incheon airport on Sunday, where she was taken into quarantine.

Authorities at the epicentre have issued travel bans and effectively shut down the city of Wuhan on Thursday.

"We've learned some lessons from SARS".

Mode of transmission is unclear as of now.

Beijing has said the new strain of coronavirus is not contagious between people, but the World Health Organization (WHO) is not ruling out person-to-person transmission under certain conditions, the center said. They said the province has confirmed 444 cases there.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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