Shortly after initial news emerged that a new coronavirus has been identified in Wuhan’s unexplained pneumonia outbreak, Chinese scientists close to the investigation revealed a few more details via Chinese media, including that they isolated the virus from one patient sample and fully sequenced its genome.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement today acknowledged China’s preliminary findings and praised the country’s speed in identifying the new virus.

Wuhan health officials haven’t announced any new cases since Jan 5, keeping the outbreak total at 59 cases, 7 of them listed as serious. Meanwhile, other countries and regions have stepped up health screening in travelers coming from Wuhan, but so far no cases tied to the outbreak have been identified.

Tests identify virus in 15 patients

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