China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to Nine, Source confirmed

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China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to Nine, Source confirmed
China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to Nine, Source confirmed

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen to nine, as dozens more cases were reported across China.

All deaths happened in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the provincial capital, according to an official.

Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, also confirmed the source of the new coronavirus, saying it was transmitted via wild animals illegally sold at a seafood market in Wuhan.

Here are some more answers from the Chinese authorities to crucial questions about the outbreak:

Q: What do we know so far about the new type of coronavirus, such as its origin, incubation period and severity?

A: (Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

We are still in the process of learning more about this virus. It appears to have some characteristics of common coronaviruses, but also exhibits some special features. Now we have confirmed it was transmitted via wild animals illegally sold at a seafood market in Wuhan.

At first it was spread from animal to human. The virus has since been mutating and become adaptive to its host. Up to now, human-to-human transmission has happened, and there has been some community transmission. That is to say, it has gone through three stages.

We are still deepening the study on it. So far, children and young people are less likely to be infected.

Q: Are there super-spreaders of the coronavirus? As we all know, back in 2003, the emergence of super-spreaders of SARS caused the rapid deterioration of the situation. Will this disease turn out to be another SARS-like epidemic?

A: (Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

There’s no evidence to support the idea there are already super-spreaders. This is a scientific issue that we will keep monitoring closely. It’s also a very important direction that guides us in the prevention and control of the virus.

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