2/3 of Humanity is at Risk of Contracting the New Coronavirus

Beloved communal hotpot falls victim to corovirus fears

Beloved communal hotpot falls victim to corovirus fears

Professor Leung, a leading expert in Hong Kong, said if China's extreme containment measures proved successful, other countries should consider adopting them.

Professor Gabriel Leung, chair of public health medicine in Hong Kong, made the comments while en route to a meeting of the World Health Organisation.

A child wears a face mask as she sits in a vehicle carrying residents evacuated from a public housing building, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, outside Hong Mei House, at Cheung Hong Estate in Hong Kong, China February 11, 2020.

The possibility of the virus being transmitted through pipes immediately drew comparisons to the 2003 SARS outbreak, when this method became a major source of transmission.

World Health Organization is now holding a two-day summit in Geneva to fast-track vaccines for the virus that has infected more than 43,000 people worldwide.

Most experts believe that each person infected can go on to transmit coronavirus to about 2.5 other people - creating an "attack rate" of 60 to 80 percent, Leung told the paper.

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WHO's Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the epidemic was "an emergency for China. and a grave threat for the rest of the world".

Leung told The Guardian that recent cases of infections in people who had never visited China could be the "tip of the iceberg" and said "60 per cent of the world's population is an awfully big number". "Maybe this will come in waves".

He added that experts need to examine whether the restrictions, lockdowns and other interventions have worked in China to reduce the spread of the virus.

He told the Guardian experts are investigating how the virus would likely spread.

The government also said civil servants would be allowed to work from home until February 23 to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

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