China coronavirus: Wuhan on lockdown as death toll increases

China’s mystery new coronavirus has so far infected more than 570 people and killed 17, with the World Health Organisation set to meet for a second day to determine whether the outbreak should be categorised as an international health emergency.

While the vast bulk of cases have been confined to China, cases in this fast-moving outbreak have now been found in the United States, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Japan and the Philippines.

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Experts the world over are on high alert after authorities confirmed that the virus could jump from human to human.

But although it remains unlikely that the outbreak will grow into a global epidemic, experts have been warning for years that the world is long overdue a major disease outbreak.

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