China’s death toll from the coronavirus discovered at the end of last year has risen to 80 and the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 2,744 cases as of Jan. 26, the national health commission said in a statement on its website.
Here is what we know so far:
*As of Jan. 27 the death toll in China had risen to 80, with 76 in Hubei province, authorities reported. Another 2,744 people in China had been infected: As of the end of Jan. 26, there were 1,423 confirmed cases in Hubei province.
* Thailand and Hong Kong have each reported eight cases of infection; the United States and Macau have five each; Taiwan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia each have reported four; France and Japan three each; Vietnam and South Korea two apiece, and one each in Canada and Nepal.
* No fatalities have been reported outside China.
* The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.
* The World Health Organization said that while the outbreak was an emergency for China, it was not yet a global health emergency.
* Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Most of those affected are older people and those with underlying health conditions.
* China says the virus is mutating and can be transmitted through human contact.
* Two scientific analyses of the epidemic say each person infected is passing the disease on to between two and three other people.
* Three research teams have begun work on developing potential vaccines, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations said.
Scientists hope to be testing the first possible vaccines in three months’ time.
* China is testing the HIV drug Aluvia as a treatment.
* There are severe travel restrictions in Wuhan, with urban transport shut and outgoing flights suspended.
* Among other measures to contain the virus, China will halt all group tours, affecting tourism both at home and to other countries, from Jan. 27.
* Hong Kong has barred residents of Hubei province from entering the city.
* France, Italy, Japan, Australia and the United States have all said they are working to evacuate citizens from Wuhan.