The latest on the Wuhan coronavirus

Map of the world showing countries (highlighted in red) with confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus.

By now, you should know that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a “public health emergency for international concern”.

The outbreak, whose genesis stems from Wuhan, China, has so far killed scores of people and infected thousands more across 23 countries in Asia, North America, Europe, as well as Australasia.

As scientists work around the clock to control the spread of the respiratory illness, here’s the latest on 2019-nCoV:

As at Thursday, January 30, the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in 23 countries and territories around the world, to include:

China, the epicentre of the outbreak; followed by Japan; South Korea; Taiwan; Thailand; Hong Kong; Vietnam; Macau; United States; Australia; France; Singapore; Malaysia; Nepal; Canada; Cambodia; Sri Lanka; Germany; Philippines;  Finland; United Kingdom; United Arab Emirates; and India.

In the United States, the first instance of person-to-person transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) on Thursday. The milestone case, detected in Illinois, marks the US’ sixth infection overall.

Russia, as of Thursday, has closed its Far East land border with China to prevent the novel coronavirus from infecting the communist country.

Russia’s Far East is the country’s largest, most desolate region, and borders directly with China along its heavily populated interior.

In total, there are now 7834 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases, including 7736 in China, representing almost 99% of all reported cases worldwide. Over 170 people have lost their lives to this outbreak, all of them in China. Outside of China, 98 cases across 18 countries have been confirmed.

According to the WHO, human-to-human transmission has been recorded in four countries outside of the Wuhan, wider China epicentre: Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.