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Rapid Risk Assessment: Outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): Increased Transmission Beyond China - Fourth Update   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Summary: "On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown aetiology was reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. On 9 January 2020, China CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] reported a novel coronavirus as the causative agent of this outbreak, which is phylogenetically in the SARS-CoV [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] clade. The novel coronavirus has thus been named 'severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2' (SARS-CoV-2), while coronavirus disease associated with it is now referred to as COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. [...] According to available evidence, the transmissibility of this virus is assessed as sufficient for sustained community transmission. Further cases and deaths in China are expected in the coming days and weeks. Further cases or clusters are also expected from other countries that are already reporting increasing numbers of cases, including community transmission. Therefore, health authorities in the EU/EEA [European Economic Area] and the UK should remain vigilant and strengthen their capacity to respond to possible importation of cases from China or, potentially, other areas with presumed ongoing community transmission; increase their capacity for surveillance and review their pandemic preparedness plans."

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2020-02-14
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, 2020
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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/
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