Coronaviruses are very common viruses found worldwide in humans and animals.

They cause respiratory disease, including common colds. Coronaviruses, however, are also responsible for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Current status

As of 9 February 2020, more than 37000 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province and other parts of China, including 811 deaths.

The first death outside of China was reported on 2 February 2020, in the Philippines.​

Other cases have been detected in a number of other countries including Australia. Most of these individuals have reported travel to Wuhan.

The situation is evolving rapidly – please see the WHO updates for current outbreak information.​​​​

Page Updated: Saturday 15 February 2020
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