On 31st December 2019, WHO was alerted by several
cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China where the outbreak
began. These cases of pneumonia were then later identified as a symptom of an
A week later, on 7th January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed that the virus, now known as the Novel Coronvirus (nCoV) comes from a larger group of viruses. This includes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).