Wuhan's Deadly Coronavirus Spreads to the World

It is believed the virus originated from a wildlife market.

The deadly 2019-nCoV coronavirus epidemic began in Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province in China. It is believed that it originated from a wildlife market in Wuhan that has now been closed. As of February 13, 2020, globally, there are 45,211 cases of coronavirus infections, with 8,217 in critical condition. 1,118 people have died of the infection, and 4,871 have recovered

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) about mysterious pneumonia infections in Wuhan. A mere week later, the coronavirus was identified by Chinese scientists. On January 20 2020, Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the researcher responsible for discovering the SARS coronavirus in 2003 and the leading advisor in the current crisis, revealed that the virus can travel between humans.

As of January 31, 2020, the WHO had called the virus a global public health emergency.  Since then a quarantine has been imposed on Wuhan and 16 other cities. In these locations, people are forbidden from traveling and public transport as well as public gatherings have been put on a standstill. 

The latest research has now found that confirmed transmission modes of the coronavirus include direct contact and aerosol, and that its incubation period is 10 days longer than initially thought bringing it to 24 days.