On Wednesday, February 5, the WHO revealed nearly 4,000 new infections were confirmed in just 24 hours.
The risk assessment for China was ranked as “Very High” and the global risk was “High”.
The coronavirus family of pathogens target the lungs, triggering symptoms often mistaken for the common cold or flu.
Symptoms start with fever and dry cough, before developing into breathing difficulty.
If left untreated, the coronavirus can induce pneumonia, kidney failure and death.