Wuhan virus: A timeline of how the new coronavirus developed
PARIS (AFP) - A new coronavirus, a mysterious Sars-like disease, has spread around China and three other Asian countries since first emerging in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Here's a timeline of how the virus developed:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is alerted on Dec 31, 2019, by the Chinese authorities of a string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.
Patients are quarantined and work begins on identifying the origin of the pneumonia.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies a seafood market suspected to be at the centre of the outbreak. It is closed on Jan 1, 2020.
On Jan 9, the WHO says that the outbreak in Wuhan was caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus, which is a broad family ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses like Sars.
To date 59 people have been infected of whom seven are in a serious condition, according to an official toll.
The Chinese health authorities say a first person has died of the virus on Jan 11. They revise downwards the number of sick people to 41.……
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