Coronavirus has also been found in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Canada, India and the US among others.

The World Health Organization (WHO) branded the scale and speed of the epidemic a global emergency but has refrained from calling it a pandemic just yet.

On Thursday, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Harnessing the power of science is critical for bringing this outbreak under control.

“There are questions we need answers to, and tools we need developed as quickly as possible.

“WHO is playing an important coordinating role by bringing the scientific community together to identify research priorities and accelerate progress.”



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