Australian scientists have created the first lab-grown recreation of the coronavirus outside of China, which could prove crucial in developing a vaccine and testing patients who don’t show symptoms, Reuters reports.

Coronavirus cases hit 6,000 this a.m.

The coronavirus outbreak is putting China’s chronically overloaded health care system under enormous strain, The New York Times reports. 8 hospitals in Hubei province (which includes Wuhan) issued urgent appeals last week for medical equipment. Some medical staff “have…

Chinese health officials are now warning that the fast-spreading coronavirus could be contagious before symptoms arise, adding to concern that quarantines won’t stop the spread, according to The Washington Post.  

Despite surging case numbers, the coronavirus outbreak is not yet an international health emergency, WHO announced yesterday, STAT reports.   “Make no mistake: This is an emergency in China,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “But it has not yet become a global…

Chinese authorities have locked down Wuhan and 2 other cities that are home to 18 million people and the heart of the coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. The unprecedented quarantine nixes residents' travel plans for the Lunar New Year holiday, which leads to an…

The new coronavirus that's infected hundreds of people and reached 5 countries has public health officials grappling with the possibility of severe pandemic.  Human-to-human transmission was confirmed on Monday, sharply raising global concerns. The same day, the WHO…

As the Wuhan coronavirus spreads beyond China, officials now confirm the virus can spread through human contact—though the ease of transmission remains a mystery, STAT reports.   The latest updates: 

2 people in China have now died from the new coronavirus that has sickened dozens in Wuhan as well as 2 in Thailand and 1 in Japan, AP reports.   The latest death was a 69-year-old man with myriad medical conditions including organ impairment and abnormal renal function—but…

Limited human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus may have occurred within families, and WHO is now preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak, Reuters reports