NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES INCREASEING MUCH FASTER THAN THE INITIAL 12.5% PER DAY.
NUMBER OF DEATHS INCREASING
NUMBER OF INFECTED COUNTRIES INCREASING
DOZENS OF CONFIRMED CASES IN CRITICAL CONDITION
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Mystery coronavirus ‘mutating and spreading’ in China as death toll rises
The deadly coronavirus that emerged in China is already adapting and mutating, Chinese officials warned on Wednesday as the number of confirmed cases continued to grow.
Nearly 500 people have been infected nationwide, with total deaths rising to at least nine, as the mystery disease continues to spread.
The latest count was updated at about 7pm Beijing time, with all deaths in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were reported in December.
List of proposed members and advisers to International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee for Pneumonia due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV
Dr Didier Houssin, chairperson of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the new #coronavirus (2019-nCoV), chairing today’s meeting.
New Coronavirus Kills 17 in China
Chinese health officials announced Wednesday that a new coronavirus has killed 17 people in the country, a sharp increase from the nine fatalities that were reported earlier.
The announcement was made by China’s health commission, according to state media reports that cited provincial officials.
Authorities said the deaths occurred in China’s Hubei province and that there were 440 confirmed cases of the virus in 13 provinces.
Professor warns China’s coronavirus could have same death rate as the Spanish flu pandemic that killed 50m people !
China’s deadly coronavirus may have the same death rate as Spanish flu, an expert has warned.
Deaths from the new virus rose to 17 on Wednesday with hundreds of cases now confirmed, increasing fears of widespread contagion.
The previously unknown, flu-like coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from an animal market in central Wuhan city, with cases now detected as far away as the United States.
The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 is widely regarded as “the deadliest in history”, and is believed to have infected around 500 million people worldwide and killing between 20 and 50 million.
Chinese officials have confirmed 440 cases of the new coronavirus strain – 2019-nCoV – so far, with 17 deaths.
Based on existing data, it is said to have a 2% death rate. This means that for every 50 people who catch the infection, one will statistically die.
To put this into context, around one in every 1,000 who develop flu die, giving it a death rate of 0.1%.
“This [2019-nCoV’s death rate] could be 2%, similar to Spanish flu,” Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned there is no specific treatment for coronaviruses
If the infection triggers pneumonia, doctors work to combat the complication.
When a virus is to blame – like 2019-nCoV – pneumonia may be treated via “antiviral medication”, according to the American Lung Association.
Yet, Professor Horby argued there is “no effective anti-viral”.