First Confirmed Case of New Coronavirus Strain Reported in South Korea


That should help scientists understand whether the virus is capable of spreading from human to human, and to better gauge the magnitude of cases.

The outbreak has revived memories of the Sars virus - also a coronavirus - that killed 774 people in the early 2000s across dozens of countries, mostly in Asia.

The current strain is a new coronavirus, meaning it has not been identified in humans before. SARS led to the deaths globally of almost 800 people and also started in China. "And, is there any evidence of human-to-human transmission". The virus strain was 80% genetically identical to SARS.

Where did the outbreak originate?

Most of the coronavirus patients this time either worked at or visited a particular seafood market in Wuhan. They can be spread from animals to humans, but also from human to human.

The provincial health authority issued a directive on December 30th that all hospitals had to report cases of pneumonia where there was no definite cause. They say it led to an outbreak of viral pneumonia, but much about it remains unknown.

Beijing's Daxing health commission confirmed two new cases of coronavirus on Monday.

Almost three-quarters of people infected are over the age of 40, with 40 per cent of sufferers already having existing underlying conditions. Some cause less-severe disease, some more severe.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the Wuhan virus could spread and has warned hospitals worldwide. The 80-year-old man lived in Hebei, a city almost 900 kilometres north of Wuhan.

The Chinese New Year starts on January 25 and the number of travelers is expected to increase.

Experts said authorities must be vigilant and monitor travellers coming to and from Wuhan for signs of breathing problems. The two cities with a combined population of 18 million people have barred inhabitants from air, train, ferry and subway travel.

Health authorities in Wuhan province reported that a patient had died Saturday and said 59 new cases had been confirmed on Saturday and 77 on Sunday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 198, local daily The South China Morning Post reported.

Is it a risk for Canada?

And Thailand said it was already screening passengers arriving in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket and would soon introduce similar controls in the beach resort of Krabi.

What precautions should be taken?