- The virus is strange, and first of its king and has been first identified in China.
- Efforts are being made worldwide to curtail its spread
- A new virus is currently spreading and efforts are made to curtail its spread.
The new threat has been identified as the Corona Virus which was first detected last month in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread even going beyond China. It is a novel coronavirus – in other words, a member of the coronavirus family that has never been seen or encountered before.
It is reported that in the last week, confirmed infections have tripled and cases have been found in 13 provinces, as well as the large cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Tianjin.
This deadly virus has in a confirmed report, claimed the lives of nine people. The commission said more than 2,000 close contacts have been identified and 1,394 were under current medical watch. It is however feared that many others are infected even without being aware of it.
Various countries have already began to step up efforts in response to its threat with these efforts focused on travel from and to China.
UK’s Heathrow Airport has already taken extra measures to separate passengers flying from Wuhan to prevent its spread in the UK.
Leading scientists have warned that up to 10,000 patients may have caught the SARS-like virus in Wuhan, the city that the virus was first noticed.
Last night, the US revealed its first case of the coronavirus in a man in his 30s from Washington State, who had travelled back from Wuhan, China.
President Donald Trump has stated that there are plans to contain the spread of the virus, which officials have confirmed can spread between humans.