The wildfire spread of the coronavirus from China’s Hubei province to 28 other countries suggests it is just a matter of time before it arrives in SA.   

Scientists are racing to model the likely impact of the new pathogen, with a leading epidemiologist at the University of Hong Kong warning last week that Covid-19 could infect up to 60% of the world’s population. Even if most cases are mild and the mortality rate is less than 2%, as now appears to be the case, such extensive spread would be devastating.

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