Published: January 23, 2020  Updated: January 23, 2020 at 7:23 am EST

Now totaling over 580 cases, the government of China has become rapidly more concerned with the latest outbreak of a Coronavirus. The virus was previously unknown to scientists and has caused the quarantine of three cities within the Communist Nation.

So far, there are 17 reported deaths because of the virus. Further, these numbers are expected to rise, according to officials. However, it may seem like the numbers jumped from 40 cases to 400 plus cases; however, that is inaccurate. Most of the new cases were already out there before China stepped up its surveillance and identified more cases.

At the time of this report, there is only one reported case in the United States, and it does not appear to have spread to other persons locally. Meanwhile, in China, authorities in Ezhou have shut train stations, while Huanggang has suspended public buses and trains as well as ordering cinemas and internet cafes to close their doors. Further, the virus is reported to have originated in Wuhang, and scientists are working rapidly to find the source and stop the spread.

The source of the virus appears to have originated from snakes or bats.

Also, one professor while speaking to the DailyMail, yesterday warned the outbreak has a death rate similar to the global Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918, which went on to kill more than 50million people. Data suggests two in 100 people who catch the virus will die.

What is currently known to authorities;

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  • The virus started at a local food market in Wuhan
  • Origin appears to be from bats or snakes
  • Over 500 confirmed cases
  • 17 people have died
  • Three Chinese cities have been quarantined

Known currently as 2019-nCoV, the virus is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans. The Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that killed nearly 800 people globally in the early 2000s was also a coronavirus, as is the common cold.

The virus has already reportedly spread to other countries; the US, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan have confirmed cases while Mexico, Colombia, and Canada have suspected infections. To make matters worse, in China, celebrations are set to begin for the Lunar New Year, so persons are traveling more than usual right now.

However, at ground zero, Wuhan; Twitter footage posted by @mxmbt2 shows traffic building up on a main highway. The Twitter user wrote: ‘[They] are not letting us leave Wuhan. The [highway] out of the city is blocked and we cannot leave. The [highway] to Xiaogan has been blocked. [The traffic] is jammed.’

The world is awaiting a response from the World Health Organization (WHO). Further, after a day of discussions in Geneva, the WHO emergency committee has announced it will not yet declare a “global emergency” over the new virus.

Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said more information was needed about the spread of the infection. The committee of health experts will meet again on Thursday.

A global emergency is the highest level of alarm the WHO can sound and has previously been used in response to swine flu, Zika virus, and Ebola.

The situation is rapidly changing, and more information will be available on our Twitter page.

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