Regarding the progress of the pathogenic identification of unexplained viral pneumonia epidemic in Wuhan, the reporter learned today from the expert group of preliminary assessment of pathogen detection results that as of 21:00 on January 7, 2020, a new type of coronavirus was detected in the laboratory The whole genome sequence of the virus was detected by nucleic acid detection method in a total of 15 cases of new coronavirus positive results. The virus was isolated from a positive patient sample and showed typical coronavirus appearance under electron microscope.

The expert group believes that the pathogen of this unexplained case of viral pneumonia was initially identified as a new type of coronavirus.

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