Epidemiologist fears infection with coronavirus of two-thirds of humanity

Coronavirus could spread rapidly if it can’t be brought under control, said Hong Kong epidemiologist Gabriel Liang.
The threat of contracting coronavirus 2019-nCoV is facing two-thirds of humanity. This was stated by Hong Kong epidemiologist Gabriel Liang in an interview with The Guardian on Tuesday, February 11.

Liang said that most experts believe that each infected person can transmit the virus to at least two more people, meaning the infection rate could be 60-80%.

The main tasks are to determine the extent of the spread of the virus, as well as to determine whether the measures taken in China are actually yielding results, Liang said.

Will 60-80% of the world’s population be contagious? Maybe not. Maybe it’ll be undulating. Maybe the number of deaths will decrease. Let’s say China’s measures work, but how long can schools be kept closed? How long can you block an entire city?” the epidemiologist said.

It should be noted that Gabriel Liang is one of the world-class experts in the field of coronavirus epidemics. In 2002-2003. he worked with his British colleagues to contain the SARS epidemic.

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Earlier in China, the number of victims of coronavirus exceeded 1000. Over the past 24 hours, 108 people have died. More than 42,000 cases of 2019-nCoV infection have been confirmed.

It was also reported that the evacuation of Ukrainians from Hubei was postponed. Ukrainians from China were planned to evacuate today, but the Ministry of Health says that the date of departure of the plane has not yet been set.