Explainer: Why the deadly Coronavirus is killing people rapidly

Explainer: Why the deadly Coronavirus is killing people rapidly

- The coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases

- According to WHO, coronaviruses are mostly transmitted between animals and people

- The latest updates indicate that the death toll of the virus has risen to more than 900 people

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It is quite sad how a virus that was mildly talked about is rapidly taking the lives of people living in the affected areas and countries.

According to the World Health Organisation, the coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

The report revealed that coronaviruses are mostly transmitted between animals and people, and most of the coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

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The latest updates indicate that the death toll of the virus has risen to more than 900 people, who are reported to have died in mainland China.

China's National Health Commission reported there were 97 new fatalities from the virus on February 9, making Sunday the deadliest day so far.

The new fatalities brought the death toll on the mainland to 908, most of them in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. A total of 40,171 infections have been confirmed nationwide.

There have been suspected cases in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya.

Most Ghanian students in China asking to be evuated from China for fear of getting infected.

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In other news, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, popularly known as the Ridge Hospital, has disclosed that an emergency response team consisting of 9 doctors and 26 nurses have been put on standby to tackle the deadly coronavirus.

Medical Director at the hospital, Dr Emmanuel Srofenyo, said the hospital is ready to handle any coronavirus case brought before it.

He made this known yesterday, February 6, 2020, while taking some media men around the facility designated to handle such cases in case of any eventuality.

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