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Coronavirus continues to spread outside China by JASON BEAUBIEN January 28,2020   |  Source: NPR

Public health officials are still trying to figure out how the coronavirus is spreading. Human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed in every major Chinese city.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Public health officials are not calling the coronavirus a pandemic - not yet. Human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed in every major city in China. And the government there is taking increasingly broad actions to try and prevent further spread. We've got NPR global health and development correspondent Jason Beaubien with us from Hong Kong. Hi, Jason.

JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: Hey. Good morning.

MARTIN: So what is the latest you're hearing from public health officials there?

BEAUBIEN: So they just had a press conference with Dr. Gabriel Leung. He's an expert on coronaviruses. He worked on SARS. He led Hong Kong's attack on the bird flu outbreak in 2009. And he's been doing some modeling, looking at what is happening with this current outbreak. And what he's finding is that it's accelerating, and it's accelerating rapidly. And in his predictions, it's only just getting started. He shared this report with the WHO, and then just right after that, he gave it over to the press. And it's fairly, fairly devastating.

Basically, he's predicting that this

 

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