The coronavirus discovered in China is causing global alarm. 17 people dead.
The origin of the virus. It appears to have originated in early December in a fish and animal market in Wuhan, a city of 11 m people.
The virus causes rare but potentially lethal respiratory infections and can be passed from human to human.
Consequences today. Already 362 people dead and 17,300 infected and one died outside China in the Philippines.
Reminder. The death toll has now eclipsed the number of people who died in mainland China during the devastating SARS epidemic.
What now? The US – which has at least 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus – has now declared a public health emergency. Also, as fears of the outbreak have spread, some countries have documented instances of racism against Chinese nationals.
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