• Vol. 49 No. 3, 105–107
  • 01 March 2020

The Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic



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The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
(SARS-CoV-2) pandemic began in early December in
Wuhan, the 7th most populous city in Mainland China,
and was reported to the World Health Organization
(WHO) on 31 December 2019. An outbreak of unknown
aetiology was suspected because many early cases
were linked to a large, live animal market that was
misleadingly named Huanan Seafood Market, and the
causative agent was identified as a novel coronavirus
on 7 January 2020. On 11 February 2020, the official
names of the virus, SARS-CoV-2, and the disease,
coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), were announced
by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses
and the WHO, respectively.

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