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New thread at Demon's suggestion, for all news about the epidemic.
 

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First UK cases identified today - two Chinese tourists staying in a hotel in York, now being treated in an isolation unit in Newcastle.
Best wishes to all affected in any way by the epidemic, especially of course our Chinese members.

Lots of info here - primarily from a UK perspective but much of it relevant worldwide and does include global distribution maps (sorry, I'm not on for long tonight so can't extract individual maps articles etc):
 

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Thanks Demon and DD for the updates.
 

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Thanks Meatpie.

Online map of coronavirus spread
And thanks for this, Demon.

Looks like Russia had its first two confirmed cases today, just like UK. Putting stuff together from BBC news reports as well as the Guardian:
  • It looks as if the mortality rate is about 2%, mainly those already in poor health (flu is about 1% overall, though it does vary according to the strain). And there is far more flu than Wuhan coronavirus around.
  • Transmission is probably mainly by by droplets in the air or on surfaces, and it may be less easily transmitted than flu or colds - but neither has been confirmed yet.
  • And since the virus has only just jumped from its animal host to humans it may still be rapidly adapting - so what is true now won't necessarily stay true in future.
The bad news is that it seems very unlikely it can be contained from spreading globally. The good news is that, like colds and flu, it may well die down of its own accord as the Northern winter ends. And (from a BBC news report which I can't find an online reference to) the Chinese authorities have shared the genetic code of the virus with Western labs, one of which (in the US?) has already designed a vaccine and got it into pilot production for testing - so it maybe ready for use in about three months if all goes well.
 

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