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Coronavirus in Cambodia – more information emerges

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Researchers sub package 2019-nCoV detection reagents at a company in Wuqing district, North China's Tianjin municipality. [Photo/Xinhua]

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With a single case emerging in Cambodia, more information is emerging on the gravity of the coronavirus.

China’s health minister has now said the coronavirus is increasingly virulent and could become contagious even before people exhibit symptoms, making apparently healthy people possible carriers.

There are now more than 50 confirmed cases in 13 places outside of mainland China, including that discovered in Cambodia and the numbers worldwide are said to be rising faster than what the health authorities can update.

The World Health Organisation (WHO)’s assessment of the risk of this outbreak has not changed since the last risk assessment conducted on 22 January: very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level.

Common symptoms include: a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and possibly a headache. Those who have a weakened immune system, particularly the young and the elderly, are at risk of the virus turning into a more serious respiratory tract illness.

Authorities said the Wuhan coronavirus was passed from animals to humans; can be spread from person to person; and appears to cause pneumonia in people who have weakened immune systems.

There are at least 40 Cambodian students who now appear to be trapped in China as travel bans are being implemented from city to city to contain the virus.

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