Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV: Could this virus become a possible global pandemic

Vengadesh Letchumanan, Nurul Syakima Ab Mutalib, Bey Hing Goh, Learn Han Lee

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In December 2019, the emerging of a new coronavirus-induced pneumonia created a distress among people in China and the international community. This virus was identified as novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV. At the time this Review went to press, the virus has spread to across 27 countries, infecting 17,488 people and caused 362 deaths. The transmission of 2019-nCoV to individuals of different countries is predominantly through close contact with an infected person. Based on the available data, there is a rising trend of infected and death cases. At this point, there is no specific drug or vaccine to treat infected patients besides supportive care. Nevertheless, researchers and doctors around the world have reported the success of using existing antiviral drugs to treat patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera0000068
JournalProgress in Microbes and Molecular Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • 2019-nCoV
  • Novel Coronavirus
  • global pandemic
  • supportive care
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Microbiology (medical)


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