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Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of the Coronavirus. Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk. The research also points to the high risk to medical staff (a hospital director in the city of Wuhan died from the virus). Pointing out the risk to medical staff, there is a total of 3,019 health workers have been infected, 1,716 of which were confirmed cases

Officials reported 98 new deaths and 1,886 new cases in the past day, with 93 of those deaths and 1,807 infections in Hubei province - the epicentre of the outbreak.

Looking at the sex ratio, men are more likely to die (2.8%) than women (1.7%). The study also identifies which existing illnesses put patients at risk. It puts cardiovascular disease at number one, followed by diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and hypertension.

The virus has spread beyond mainland China to countries around the globe and two cruise ships are now confirmed to have been affected. The Diamond Princess was quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama on February 3rd, after a man from Hong Kong tested positive. More than 450 of the 3,700 people on board have since become infected. A second ship, the MS Westerdam, was turned away by multiple ports around Asia over fears it could be carrying the virus. It was finally cleared to dock in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, after no cases were found on board. Disembarking passengers were personally welcomed by Prime Minister Hun Sen. No one was quarantined. However, days later, a woman who had been on the ship tested positive after arriving in Malaysia. Huge efforts are now being made to track down the passengers, who have moved on to many different countries including Malaysia and Thailand, but also further afield to the US and Canada. Several countries have said they will not admit foreign visitors who were on the ship. There are still 255 guests and 747 crew on board the MS Westerdam, while more than 400 passengers have been sent to a hotel in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, to await test results.

What are your thoughts about the Corona virus? Do you agree with the idea to quarantine everyone on the cruise ship? What are some ways you think could help prevent the virus?