Infection disease expert Dr Sanjaya Senanayake said extensive research has found the virus – named Covoid-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) – could be seasonal and reappear next year. The professor at the Australian National University said the virus reached a staggering 8,000 cases within eight weeks, but it took SARS eight months to cause 8,000 cases. This is significant as coronavirus draws similarities to SARS, which had two outbreaks in 2002 and 2003 killing 774 people, and also attacks the lungs in the same manner as Covoid-19.
He said: “China has changed the way it has counted cases which has muddied the waters a little bit.
“But if you go back to the old way of counting cases, in the last few days there has been a reduction in the number of confirmed cases and if that trend in the cases we know about is reflected in the cases we don’t know about, maybe we are getting it under control.”
He also said it could months or years to be able to confirm just how active the virus is.
He said: “When the warmer months appear it could suddenly disappear and then reappear in the colder months.”
The warning comes as the first European death from a coronavirus patient was announced today.
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said an elderly Chinese tourist hospitalised in France has died of the coronavirus.
France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 63,851.
The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China, the epicentre of the outbreak. The epidemic has killed almost 1,400 people, most in China.
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World Health Organization (WHO) officials said today a jump in the number of new cases of coronavirus in China reflects a “broader definition” of a case of infection.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: “It is our current understanding that the new case definition widens the net, and includes not only lab-confirmed cases but also clinically diagnosed cases based on symptoms and exposure.”
He said the Geneva-based United Nations health agency was seeking “further clarity” from China about recent updates to its case definition and reporting protocol for the coronavirus disease outbreak.
Health officials in China’s central province of Hubei said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on Wednesday.
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This was the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December.
Chinese scientists are also testing two antiviral drugs.
Preliminary clinical trial results are weeks away.
But a vaccine could take 18 months to develop.
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