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Coronavirus LIVE: Experts discover terrifying new trait as outbreak claims 1000th victim

A study from a team of experts Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Greifswald in Germany Unless surfaces are disinfected the virus may lurk on them and stay contagious for over a week. The research revealed the virus is relatively easy to kill with alcohol or bleach, but can continue to live on surfaces if left undisturbed. The scientists have also warned protective clothing warn by medics must be disposed of immediately because coronaviruses can survive on them for up to two days.

They added understanding coronavirus and how to destroy it are “crucial” to preventing the outbreak and bringing it under control.

Experts extracted data from 22 studies to look at the survival rate of coronaviruses, including the SARS strain from 2003, which killed 774 people across the world.

The scientists found coronaviruses can remain on surfaces such as plastic, glass, metal and wood for between two hours and nine days, on average.

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Similar to flu, the viruses thrive in cooler weather and can live on inanimate objects for up to 28 days if the temperature is 4C or lower.

Coronavirus news: Scientists have discovered a terrifying new trait as death toll surges past 1,000 (Image: GETTY)

But the study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection found temperatures above 30C slash its survival rate.

The coronavirus death toll has now surged past 1,000, after another 108 virus deaths were reported on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said.

UK officials are also desperately trying to trace patients of two healthcare workers at a general practice in Brighton. The pair are believed to have been in contact with around a dozen patients.

They were two of four new cases announced on Monday, all of whom contracted the virus in France and are now being treated at specialist infection centres at St Thomas’ and the Royal Free hospitals in London.

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9.30am update: Coronavirus outbreak may peak in DAYS

China’s coronavirus epidemic may peak within days and the plateau before easing, the government’s top medical adviser on the outbreak said.

Zhong Nanshan, a leading epidemiologist who won international fame for his role in combating the SARS epidemic in 2003, had previously predicted an earlier peak, said the forecast was based on modelling and developments in recent days, as well as government action.

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He told Reuters: “So, we suppose maybe, the peak time may be reached at the, maybe middle or late this month, February, and then keep a little bit plateau or something like that and, then going down.”

9.25am update: Thailand reports new coronavirus case – total increases to 33

Thailand has recorded a new case of coronavirus, bringing the total in the country to 33.

The new case is a 54-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who has been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with another Chinese virus patient while in Thailand, said Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchia, the director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

Ten of the infected people have recovered and returned home, while 23 are still being treated in hospital.

9.20am update: Vietnam’s coronavirus cases increase to 15 – baby infected

The number of coronavirus cases in Vietnam has increased to 15 as a three-month-old baby was infected by her grandmother, who tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

The health ministry said 10 out of 15 confirmed cases are from the northern province of Vinh Phuc.

9.15am update: First case of coronavirus confirmed in San Diego, California

The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in San Diego, California in a person who was aboard the first US evacuation flight from Wuhan, China.

This is according to a report from local television station 10News, citing an official familiar with the situation.

The official said the person was an adult who was taken to the University of California San Diego Medical Centre for treatment.

9.10am update: Passengers stopped from leaving cruise ship amid coronavirus fears

Thailand has refused permission for passengers to leave Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam, its health minister has said.

The company said on Monday passengers would disembark in Bangkok on Thursday and that there was no reason to believe anybody aboard had the virus.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a Facebook post: “I have issued orders. Permission to disembark refused.”

9.05am update: Philippine airlines cancel flights to Taiwan

Philippine airlines have cancelled flights to Taiwan after the government expanded its travel ban to include all foreigners coming from the island.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific are cancelling flights to and from Taiwan as part of desperate attempts to manage the risks from the coronavirus outbreak.

PAL spokeswoman Cielo Villaluna said in a statement: “These restrictions are in relation to the coronavirus situation, in the interest of public health and safety.”

9am update: Coronavirus death toll surges past 1,000 in mainland China

China reported 108 new coronavirus deaths on the mainland on Monday, up from 97 on the previous day.

The National Health Commission said The total number of deaths on the mainland has now reached 1,016.

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland on Monday, down down from 3,062 on the previous day, bringing the total to 42,638.

8.50am update: Patients of coronavirus-hit healthcare workers in Brighton being traced

Health officials are desperately trying to trace patients of two healthcare workers who are among eight people in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus.

The pair, working in a general practice in Brighton, are believed to have been in contact with around a dozen patients.

They were two of four new cases announced on Monday, all of whom contracted the virus in France and are now being treated at specialist infection centres at St Thomas’ and the Royal Free hospitals in London.

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