Posted on 28 January 2020
Researchers from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University have created a live tracker mapping the spread of coronavirus globally. They are collating the real-time data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, the National Health Commission of China, and DīngXiāngYuán which is a chinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and medical facilities. The original data used to create the global tracker map linked above can be found on this Google Spreadsheet.
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The new coronavirus—named 2019-nCoV—is thought to have originated in the food market of the central China metropolis.
On 12 January 2020 it was announced that a novel coronavirus had been identified in samples obtained from cases and that initial analysis of virus genetic sequences suggested that this was the cause of the outbreak. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others causing more severe disease such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses.
As of the 27th of January, 2020 (20:30 Eastern Standard Time, USA), 4,473 cases have been officially reported. There have be 107 confirmed deaths due to this infection. In addition, health authorities have reported that 63 people who were confirmed to have the coronavirus infection have recovered.
The source of the outbreak has yet to be determined. Preliminary investigations positively identified coronavirus samples in Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan City, however some laboratory-confirmed patients did not report visiting this market. The animal source to the outbreak has not been identified yet, but investigations are ongoing.
We will keep you updated as the situation develops further.