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First photo of the coronavirus at the time of its published duplication

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Scientists have successfully produced an enlarged image showing particles of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus multiplying from an infected cell, reports Bloomberg.

For the first time since the start of the epidemic, scientists at the University of Hong Kong took a photo of 2019-nCoV coronavirus particles as they separated from the membrane of an infected cell.

The photo thus shows the process of duplication of the virus. Quoted by Bloomberg , John Nicholls, a professor of clinical pathology at the university, explains that each infected cell produces thousands of particles of the virus which in turn infect other cells.

The scientist also indicates that one of the objectives of the study is to understand the process of multiplication of the new virus compared to the similar viruses which were at the origin of the epidemics of 2003 in Asia (SARS-CoV) and in the Middle East in 2017 (MERS-CoV).

Spread of the virus

After the first report of the disease to the WHO, dated December 31, 2019, the coronavirus 2019-nCoV made around January 31, 2020, according to Chinese authorities, 213 dead and around 10,000 infected in the country.

Although no patient has died outside of China, the disease has already affected twenty countries including France and Russia where six and two people respectively contracted it.

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