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A mysterious and deadly virus from China could have infected 35 times more people than official totals, scientists warn

A mysterious and deadly virus from China could have infected 35 times more people than official totals, scientists warn
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Concerns are mounting over a new, potentially fatal, respiratory virus that is spreading in Wuhan, China.




Chinese officials said Saturday that 45 people have contracted the virus, four more than the last figure released.




According to scientists in London, this is likely far fewer than the real total.




Using statistical modelling, the academics from Imperial College London suggested the true number of infected people is somewhere around 1,723 as of January 12.




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Scientists have warned that official totals from Chinese authorities of how many people have been infected with a deadly and little-understood new virus could be out by a factor of 35.
According to public health officials in Wuhan, central China, 45 people have been infected with 2019-nCov, the scientific name for a new, viral strain of pneumonia. Two of the patients have died.
However, according to an analysis from Imperial College London, the number of people to be infected as of January 12 (per the study) is likely more in the region of 1,723 — a figure around 35 times greater than the 45 cases confirmed in a lab.
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