Recent information about the novel corona virus
At the end of December 2019 the first cases of an until then unknow lung disease occured in the metropolitan city of Wuhan in the Chinese province Hubei. Quickly a coronavirus was identified as the causative agent, which was then termed nCov-2019 (novel Corona virus 2019). In the meantime, it received the official name SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome 2) and the disease it causes is now called COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19). On 30 January 2020 the World Health Organisation WHO declared the epidemic a global health emergency due to the rapid international spread of the virus, since 11 March it is considered a pandemic.
To date (21. July 2020, source: World Health Organization (WHO)), the number of infected people worldwide has increased to over 18 million. More than 695,000 people have died from the virus.