New Delhi: China coronavirus is contagious and can spread between humans, Chinese experts have confirmed. The novel coronavirus is a cousin of the SARS virus.
Reports said the new strain of coronavirus is linked to the outbreak of mysterious viral pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has claimed at least four lives in China.
The reports said the total number of people affected by the deadly virus has gone up to 218. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is holding an emergency meeting in Geneva to decide if the new coronavirus that causes pneumonia-like illness is an international emergency.
The discovery of human-to-human transmission comes even as the deadly virus has spread across China and reached three other Asian countries, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
The new coronavirus does not respond to antibiotic treatment. Symptoms of respiratory disease include fever, cough, sore throat, headache and breathing difficulties.