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Imran Khan reiterates Pakistan’s support fighting against Coronavirus

Prime Minister Imran Khan on phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, reiterated Pakistan's support for China fighting against the epidemic Corona Virus.

According to the press release of Prime Minister House. the prime minister conveyed condolences over the lives lost due to the outbreak, the prime minister praised the efforts taken by China for containing and controlling the spread of the coronavirus, adding that the timely, effective and far-reaching measures taken by China were being acknowledged globally.

Moreover, President Xi Jinping ensured Prime Minister Imran Khan that the students hailing from Pakistan are treated as their own and the concerned authorities ar taking special care of theirs.

Details and origins of Coronavirus

Since the virus first popped up in Wuhan in people who had visited a local seafood and animal market, officials could only say it likely hopped from an animal to humans.

In a new study, however, researchers sequenced the genes of 2019-nCoV (as the virus is now called), and then they compared it with the genetic sequences of more than 200 coronaviruses that infect various animals around the world.

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The results of the study, detailed in the Journal of Medical Virology, suggested that 2019-nCoV likely originated in snakes.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Most people get infected with coronaviruses at one point in their lives, but symptoms are typically mild to moderate. In some cases, the viruses can cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses such as pneumonia and bronchitis.

These viruses are common amongst animals worldwide, but only a handful of them are known to affect humans.

Death toll climbs

Despite the unprecedented measures, the coronavirus has shown little sign of slowing down. The National Health Commission on Tuesday announced 26 new deaths, bringing the nationwide total to 106. Confirmed infections also nearly doubled compared to Monday, to 4,515.

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Nearly 7,000 more cases are suspected and awaiting confirmation. On Monday, the first infections were confirmed due to coronavirus in Germany, Canada, and Sri Lanka. Colombo followed up by imposing new visa restrictions on Chinese visitors to the island.