UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The number of cases of coronavirus worldwide has surpassed that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to many countries in 2003.
There were about 8,100 cases of Sars – severe acute respiratory syndrome – reported during the eight-month outbreak.
But nearly 10,000 cases of the new virus have been confirmed, most in China, after it emerged in December.
More than 100 cases have been reported outside China, in 22 countries.
The death toll so far is 213 – all in China. In total, 774 people were killed by Sarsi.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency over the new outbreak.
The United Kingdom on Friday confirmed the first two cases of the virus.
Estimates from the University of Hong Kong suggest that the real number of cases may be much higher than officially reported.
Based on mathematical models of the outbreak, experts there say more than 75,000 people may have been infected only in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the country from which the virus originated.
Most of the cases outside of China are with people who have been to Wuhan. But Germany, Japan, Vietnam, the United States, Thailand and South Korea have reported patients infected by people who had traveled to China.
The Wuhan Communist Party chief said Friday the city should have taken action sooner to prevent the virus.
“If strict control measures had been taken earlier, the result would have been better than now,” Ma Guoqiang told state broadcaster CCTV.
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