Experts estimate more than 1,700 people are infected by China's virus outbreak

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Citing Chinese officials, the BBC reports that the coronavirus outbreak in China's city of Wuhan has killed three people and infected more than 200 as of Monday.

The news comes days after researchers at London Imperial College's MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis warned that there may be far more infection cases than what Beijing had reported.

Citing the MRC-GIDA, the BBC reports that the China-based virus outbreak has infected two people in Thailand and one in Japan.

The researchers say that their model, based on the virus, Wuhan's population and flight data, estimates that more than 1,700 people have been infected.

Chinese authorities speculate that the virus likely crossed the species barrier from infected animals to people at a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan.

Citing an MRC-GIDA researcher, the BBC says that the authorities should seriously consider the possibility of "substantial human-to-human transmission."

According to the BBC, the new coronavirus more closely resembles SARs than any other viral strain.

Coronavirus is a large family of viruses and only seven are known to infect humans, including the new one discovered in China.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Wuhan pneumonia has infected more than 200 people and killed three as of Jan. 20
2. The new estimate puts infection cases at over 1,700
3. Scientists believe the virus might be capable of human to human transmission
4. Genetic analysis shows that the new virus closely resembles SARS

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Citing Chinese officials, the BBC reports that the coronavirus outbreak in China's city of Wuhan has killed three people and infected more than 200 as of Monday."

"The news comes days after researchers at London Imperial College's MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis warned that there may be far more infection cases than what Beijing had reported."

"Citing the MRC GIDA, the BBC reports that the China-based virus outbreak has infected two people in Thailand and one in Japan."

"The researchers say that their model, based on the virus, Wuhan's population and flight data, estimates that more than 1,700 people have been infected."

"Chinese authorities speculate that the virus likely crossed the species barrier from infected animals to people at a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan."

"Citing an MRC-GIDA researcher, the BBC says that the authorities should seriously consider the possibility of "substantial human-to-human transmission."'

"According to the BBC, the new coronavirus more closely resembles SARs than any other viral strain."

"Coronavirus is a large family of viruses and only seven are known to infect humans, including the new one discovered in China."

SOURCES: Imperial College London, MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis (Twitter), National Health Commission (China), BBC News
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-global-infectious-disease-analysis/news--wuhan-coronavirus/
https://twitter.com/mrc_outbreak/status/1218175738337284096?s=21
http://www.nhc.gov.cn/yjb/s7860/202001/de5f07afe8054af3ab2a25a61d19ac70.shtml
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51171035?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ocid=socialflow_facebook&fbclid=IwAR1MX41-hoOjOb-7TaDoQ83TkT4JRVDzZPOU4_jQoVA50SXzQYDEcYura28
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51148303
https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51168333