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Corona Virus And Its origin

The World Health Organisation (WHO) On December 31, 2019 heard the first report of an unknown virus(now known as Covid-19) causing pneumonia in Wuhan, a city in Eastern china with a population of over 11 million.

What started as an epidemic mainly limited to china has now become a truly global pandemic. There have now been over 353,681 confirmed cases and 15,420 deaths, according to worldometer. The disease has been detected in more than 150 countries and territories. Italy, Iran, Germany, Spain experiencing the most widespread outbreaks outside of china. In the India, there have been 467 plus confirmed cases and 8 deaths as of Today (March 23, 2020).


HOW THIS VIRUS GOT IT'S NAME


Worldwide, although it is popular as coronavirus, but on Feb 11, WHO gave it the official name as "COVID-19". The virus that causes that disease is likely to be called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2, or Sars-Cov_2 for short, according to draft paper from the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses.


What Actually Happened In Wuhan


The disease appears to have originated from a Wuhan seafood market where wild animals like marmots, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes are traded illegally.

coronaviruses are known to jump from animals to humans, so it's thought that the first people infected with the disease- a group of people primarily made up of stallholders from the seafood market - contracted it from contact with animals.

According to an initial analysis, Covid-19 is so similar to viruses seen in Snakes. the hunt is still on for the animal source. A team of virologists at the Wuhan institute of virology released a detailed paper showing that the new coronaviruses genetic makeup is 96% identical to that of coronavirus found in bats.


How Far Has It spread?


China has borne the burnt of Covid-19 infections(so far). As of today, chinese health authorities acknowledged over 81,093 cases and 3,270 deaths. But in past few days there is a remarkable slowdown for the country.


But while things were slowing down in china, the outbreak started picking up in the rest of the world. outside of china, Italy has seen the highest number of cases with 59,138 confirmed cases and 5,476 deaths. Most of the cases are in northern part of the country. The entire country is now Lockdown.


Spain is also in the grip of a significant outbreak. The country has 33,089 confirmed infections and 2,026 deaths. All the schools, bars, resturants and non essential supermarkets are down. Citizens are under lockdown.. People are only allowed to leave their homes to buy food or to go to work.


Iran, too, is seeing a surge in cases. The country has confirmed more than 1,812 deaths and over 23,049 cases.

In US, there have been more than 35,230 cases and 459 deaths- more than 55 of them in Washington State, which has become the epicentre of the US outbreak.


A View At Recoveries


While the number of new cases continues to rise sharply, people are also recovering from the infection. Globally, 100,629 have recovered from Covid-19- about 87% of all the people who had confirmed infections.


What's Latest In India?


As of March 22, Total number of confirmed cases in India are more than 467 and 8 deaths. Currently, India is at 2nd stage but cases are increasing rapidly. Keeping that in mind The Prime Minister of India announced a "JANTA CURFEW" on March 22, 2020. Till March 31, more than 72 Cities of India are lockdown and many have announced Curfew.

There are more than 435 active cases in india and 24 people have recovered.

All International and Domestic flights are cancelled till further notice and people are not allowed to leave their house until and unless any emergency occurs.





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