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COVID-19

Alternate name: Novel coronavirus

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

Much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus, which was first identified in China in early January 2020. The source of infection remains unknown.

For current advice on the number of confirmed cases, visit the novel coronavirus webpage.

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Last updated: 8/05/2020 12:10:27 PM