Novel coronavirus, denoted 2019-nCoV by the WHO and also known as Wuhan coronavirus, Wuhan flu, Wuhan seafood market pneumonia virus and Wuhan pneumonia, is a positive-sense, single-stranded RNA coronavirus first reported in 2019. The virus was genomically sequenced after nucleic acid testing on a positive patient sample in a patient with pneumonia during the 2019–2020 Wuhan pneumonia outbreak.
On 20 January 2020, human-to-human transmission was confirmed in Guangdong province, China, according to Zhong Nanshan, head of the health commission team investigating the outbreak. No specific treatment for the new virus is currently available, but existing anti-virals could be repurposed.
The virus has spread to Bangkok, Tokyo, South Korea, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong Province, Taiwan, and the U.S. state of Washington. There have been 17 fatalities, mostly in and around Wuhan and 443 known cases.