In China, the fourth person has died after they were infected by a new virus which has been named novel coronavirus, with health authorities confirming that it is contagious.
The 89-year-old man was the latest victim of this virus which causes a type of pneumonia. He was living in Wuhan, the place where the virus is said to have started. More than 200 people have been affected by this virus in Beijing and Shanghai. A number of other cases were identified outside of China, two in Thailand, one in Japan and another in South. Korea. These people had all recently travelled from Wuhan.
China’s National Health Commission has confirmed that the two cases of people infected in the province of Guangdong in China caught the virus from another person. A separate statement said that medical staff in Wuhun were infected by the virus, with one of them in a critical state. They were all held in isolation while they were being treated for the disease.
The virus causes symptoms connected to the common cold but leads to respiratory complications and pneumonia. It is believed that this virus is being spread so quickly because millions of Chinese people are travelling for their Chinese New Year holidays.