Chinese health officials published preliminary details of a more extensive study of the coronavirus which investigated more than seventy thousand cases of the virus.
Information from the Chinese centre for disease control and prevention, (CCDC) found that more than 80% of cases did not pose a serious threat to human health and that the elderly were higher risk and more susceptible to the virus.
Research also confirms that medical staff, doctors and nurses are most likely to contract the coronavirus.
The findings of the study indicate that there is a 2.3% risk that the virus leads to a fatality. Worst case scenario – in Hubei province where there are the most cases – the risk is at 2.9%. According to official figures published by the Chinese, so far 1868 people have died and more than 72,000 are infected with the virus.