Scientists fear coronavirus spread in countries least able to contain it

Infections of the new coronavirus have now been detected in 24 countries outside China. But researchers warn that cases might be going undetected in some nations that are considered at high risk of an outbreak but are reporting fewer cases than expected, or none at all.

The possibility of unreported cases is particularly concerning in countries with weaker health-care systems, such as those in southeast Asia and Africa, which could quickly be overwhelmed by a local outbreak, experts say. Although no cases have yet been reported in Africa, some countries there, such as Nigeria, are at particular risk because of their strong business ties to China.

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Never lose our humanity

by Dr Khoo Yoong Khean

This article first appears in The Star

It is only the month of February and the decade did not start well for us. The world is now gripped by an outbreak of a disease caused by an entirely new pathogen. The virus, dubbed the 2019-Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, first infected a human in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

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