Coronavirus outbreak ‘just beginning’ outside China, says expert

Coronavirus outbreak ‘just beginning’ outside China, says expert. By John Geddie.

The coronavirus epidemic may be peaking in China where it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan but it is just beginning in the rest of the world and likely to spread, a global expert on infectious diseases said on Wednesday.

The Chinese government’s senior medical adviser has said the disease is hitting a peak in China and may be over by April. He said he was basing the forecast on mathematical modelling, recent events and government action. …

Dale Fisher, chair of the Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network that is coordinated by the World Health Organization, said that predicted “time course” may well be true if the virus is allowed to run free in Wuhan.

“It’s fair to say that’s really what we are seeing,” he told Reuters in an interview. “But it has spread to other places where it’s the beginning of the outbreak. In Singapore, we are at the beginning of the outbreak.” …

Ominous:

Asked why there were so many cases in Singapore, he said there were comparatively more tests being conducted on the island.

We could be sleepwalking into a crisis here.