Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Everything you need to know: Wuhan Coronavirus

What exactly is the “Wuhan Coronavirus”? 

Designated 2019-nCoV, the novel strain of coronavirus was identified by the Chinese authorities on 7 January 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. It is widely believed to originate from a seafood market where illegal trading of wildlife also took placed. 

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Although coronavirus is commonly transmitted between animals and animal-to-human, human-to-human transmission has been confirmed for the Wuhan Coronavirus.

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Since 23 January, the Chinese authorities have imposed a city-wide lockdown on Wuhan, in an “commendable” effort to contain the virus and prevent an epidemic.