First case of novel coronavirus in the UK

coronavirus, so named due to their distinctive crown shape

The novel coronavirus which emerged in the Middle East has made its way to the United Kingdom. The UK patient had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, which is where they are thought to have become infected. This newest patient brings the total number of cases to ten,  five of whom have died.

AP – “The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the latest infection was ‘a sporadic case’ and did not alter the WHO’s risk assessment. It added, however, that the new case ‘does indicate that the virus is persistent’. The British patient, who recently had traveled to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, is receiving intensive care treatment in hospital in the city of Manchester, northern England.

The new virus, which the WHO refers to as novel coronavirus or NCoV, shares some of the symptoms of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome – a coronavirus which emerged in China in 2002 and killed about a tenth of the 8,000 people it infected worldwide.”

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