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It is a novel coronavirus – that is to say, a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals – possibly seafood. Many of those infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city. New and troubling viruses usually originate in animal hosts. Ebola and flu are examples
The virus could be declared a global health crisis today after cases of the mystery bug increased from 300 in one day.
It comes as experts in Britain said up to 10,000 people could already be infected and the death rate is currently the same as the Spanish flu epidemic, which killed millions after World War I.....
Professor Neil Ferguson, an expert in mathematical biology at Imperial College London told reporters in Londonthe death rate for the new strain of coronavirus is "roughly the same as for The Spanish flu epidemic, at around one in 50".
What Is the Coronavirus?
The Chinese coronavirus is a highly infectious viral strain that causes sudden, acute pneumonia in patients and does not respond to antibiotics.
This is because unlike a bacterial infection, viruses are nonliving, and thus they are immune to antibiotics and many common forms of treatment.