China confirms new SARS-like virus can spread between HUMANS
China has confirmed the new SARS-like virus that has killed three people can spread between humans.
Until now, it was unclear if the unnamed coronavirus which has struck 222 people in China could be transmitted from person to person.
Health officials were investigating animals after the majority of patients worked or visited the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan city.
However, two patients in southern China have not visited Wuhan city, where the outbreak is centred.
China’s National Health Commission team said the patients had caught the virus from infected family members, according to local media.
Three countries have also reported cases of the virus – Thailand, Japan and South Korea – all four of whom visited Wuhan.
The unnamed novel virus has infected an estimated 1,700 in Wuhan, China. Authorities said the virus had spread to other cities in China. The total confirmed cases has tipped 200 and three have died. Four confirmed cases are outside China in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea
Professor Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at the national health commission, said human-to-human transmission is ‘affirmative’, said state broadcaster CCTV.
He said: ‘Currently, it can be said it is affirmative that there is the phenomenon of human-to-human transmission.’
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