Note: This is a developing story and will be updated periodically.
Thousands of cases of a new virus have been confirmed worldwide and the efforts being made to control its spread are ramping up.
The new virus is from the coronavirus family, which ranges from the common cold to more deadly illnesses like SARS and MERS. It’s believed to have emerged from a seafood market in a central Chinese city, Wuhan, but has since spread across China and trickled into other parts of the globe.
The respiratory illness has now infected more people in China that were sickened during the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency on Jan. 30.
As new cases creep across borders and into new states and cities, both health officials and governments are trying to suppress the spread.
The latest figures, as of Jan. 30, show more than 7,800 cases around the world. China holds the vast majority, at around 7,711 cases.
Of the 170 deaths so far, most have been in the Hubei province of China, where the illnesses from the new virus were first detected back in December.
Thailand and Japan both hold the second-most cases at 14 each. Singapore has 13 confirmed cases, Taiwan has nine and Malaysia has eight.
In North America, the United States has identified six cases — its most recent being the first human-to-human transmission for the country — while Canada has two confirmed and one “presumptive.”
Some of the precautions being taken to reduce the spread is happening at international border crossings.[ad_2]