Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Increased Transmission Globally - Fifth 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 disease associated to it is now referred to as novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). [...] The risk associated with COVID-19 infection for people in the EU/EEA [European Economic Area] and UK is currently considered to be moderate to high, based on the probability of transmission and the impact of the disease. Based on the observed epidemiologic characteristics, everyone in the population is assumed to be susceptible, although there may be risk factors increasing susceptibility. The virus spreads rapidly, and can have an enormous public health impact with substantial fatal outcomes in high-risk groups and economic and societal disruption."

2020 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
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