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Deaths from Coronavirus outbreak surpasses 1000 and over 42,000 confirmed cases have been reported

Deaths from the coronavirus epidemic have now surpassed 1,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms today, 11th February, 2020 as hundreds of health experts embark on a key meeting at its headquarters in Geneva to help decide next steps.


“As of 6 a.m. Geneva time this morning, there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China and tragically we now have surpassed 1,000 deaths,” said Fadela Chaib, a WHO spokesperson. "Outside China, we have 393 cases in 24 countries with one death; the one death is in the Philippines.”


Credit: ECDC Europa EU


About the virus


Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.


Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.


Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.


Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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