The number of people who died in China from a new type of flu-like coronavirus has increased to nine. This was announced on Wednesday by Deputy Head of the State Committee on Hygiene and Public Health Li Bin.
“The number of victims has increased by three more people, up to nine deaths. The number of identified infected people has increased to 440 people … we are taking active preventive measures,” he said at a briefing.
An unknown virus began spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early December. The virus is transmitted from person to person and causes pneumonia in those infected, Chinese medical professionals said. Later cases were recorded outside China: two in Thailand, one each in Japan, South Korea and the USA.
What is known about the new virus
- The 2019-nCoV virus is a variant of the coronavirus that has not yet been transmitted to humans.
- Coronaviruses are a family of 38 viruses, only six of which (and with the new virus, seven) affect humans.
- Researchers believe that the virus has most likely spread to humans from animals, but is also capable of transmitting from person to person.
- Symptoms of infection include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
- People are advised not to touch animals, avoid undercooked or undercooked meat and eggs, and avoid contact with people with symptoms of cold or flu.