Saturday February 22, 2020

Experts believe coronavirus pandemic is imminent

The real number of cases is thought to be far higher than stated, while how deadly the outbreak will prove to be remains to be seen

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

9th February, 2020
Patients being transferred into the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital in Wuhan in China. Picture: AP

It appears to be travelling faster than the seasonal flu. Initial data suggests it has a higher fatality rate. If the new coronavirus is not contained by quarantines and travel bans, what lies ahead?

Many of the world’s leading infectious disease experts agree that new coronavirus, which first emerged in China last December, is looking increasingly like it will be a pandemic, which is an epidemic on two or more continents.

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