A new pneumonia-like coronavirus from China emerged in the city of Wuhan with a population of around 11 million people. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified a seafood market as the center of the outbreak. The market was closed on the 1st of January 2020.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak had been caused by a previously unknown type of coronavirus belonging to a family of diseases ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
On the 20th of January, according to the authorities, more than 200 cases recorded and reported about three deaths in China. The virus is present in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen and detected in South Korea in a Chinese person who arrived by aeroplane.