Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Developments in China and International Response [January 31, 2020] [open pdf - 505KB]
From the Overview: "On December 31, 2019, China's government notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of patients with pneumonia of unknown cause in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. On January 7, 2020, Chinese scientists isolated a previously unknown coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the patients. On January 12, China's government shared the genetic sequence of the virus with WHO and international partners. By January 30, the virus had spread across China and to four continents (see Figure 1). As required by the International Health Regulations (IHR), a legally binding instrument of international law under which countries work together for global health security, the global health community is closely monitoring 2019-nCoV and seeking to limit its spread. WHO is coordinating the global response; the United States is aiding as a member of WHO and through its own agencies, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
CRS In Focus, IF11421
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/