CORONAVIRUS fears have ignited in the UK as Scottish authorities revealed they are treating five people with suspected cases of the disease. How deadly is the Chinese outbreak compared to the deadly Spanish flu outbreak?

Coronavirus, otherwise known as 2019-CoV by health officials, has emerged as an imminent public health threat the world over as it spreads across the Chinese border. The disease, a “novel” coronavirus of which health officials knew little, first leaked into other Chinese cities before breaking national borders into Thailand and spreading across the sea to the US and UK.

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