China’s New Coronavirus: Wall Street Journal

Researchers identified a new strain of coronavirus in central China. However, it’s not clear that this new strain is the cause of 59 people sickened, with seven in critical condition. No deaths have been reported yet. Although the new strain is a coronavirus, which also includes deadly SARS and MERS, local health officials report no transmissions yet among humans. The assumption is that those infected were exposed to animals linked to a live seafood and animal market. Health authorities in Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States have issued alerts and taken actions to prevent the virus spreading from China. The test could be celebration of China's most important festival, Lunar New Year, on 25 January. Crowded travel conditions could pose a public health challenge. – YaleGlobal

China’s New Coronavirus: Wall Street Journal

Researchers discover new virus in China – a coronavirus like SARS – that could challenge public health capabilities during the Lunar New Year celebrations
Natasha Khan
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Read the article from the Wall Street Journal about the new virus discovered in China.

Natasha Khan covers business and companies in Asia, as well as the Hong Kong story, for The Wall Street Journal. An English, Cantonese and Mandarin speaker, she holds bachelor’s degrees in both law and business and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

	SARS	MERS	Newly discovered virus in China Cases	 8,098 	 2,494 	 59  Death Rate	10%	34%	0%

(Data source: CDC and WHO)

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