A novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19) - a pneumonia-like respiratory illness - has come to spread rapidly across the globe ever since it first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Efforts to contain the coronavirus within China's borders have failed and COVID-19 has gone global, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic Scientists are now focused on finding a cure as hundreds of thousands of people are infected.
BEIJING: The death toll in China 's novel coronavirus has gone up to nine with the confirmed infection cases sharply rising to 440, the health authorities said on Wednesday, warning that the disease could spread further in the ongoing Chinese holiday season during which millions travel at home and abroad.
Although scientists in China say they've been able to grow the virus in the lab, they have not yet shared samples with international researchers — they have shared only the virus's genetic sequence, says Julian Druce, head of the Virus Identification Laboratory at the Doherty Institute.
Asked about cancelling big events, he said people were more likely to catch coronavirus from family members, friends and people in coronavirus live stream count close contact in a small space than from mass gathering, even though it may be more "eye-catching"to call for those to be stopped.
A Beijing-based intensive care doctor now working in Wuhan - the city at the epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak - says designated hospitals in the city are seeing an increasing number of empty beds after a large number of virus patients were discharged.
I just had a freak out last night where I said, 'I can't be complicit in the spreading of the virus to the vulnerable parts of our community,” said Aaron Adams, whose meat- and dairy-free restaurant Farm Spirit will close after service Saturday, March 14.
Sun Caijun, an infectious-disease researcher also at Sun Yat-sen University, says that he would have preferred the virus be named clustered acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (CARS-CoV) or rapid spread respiratory syndrome coronavirus (RARS-CoV), given the virus's quick spread.