With increasing numbers of confirmed cases of this new coronavirus virus both in China as well as other nearby countries, and the World Health Organisation convening a meeting on Wednesday to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), we invited experts into the SMC to answer journalists questions about:
Prof Neil Ferguson, Director, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London
Prof Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Centre of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
Dr Josie Golding, Epidemics Lead at Wellcome
Prof David Heymann, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) (dial in)
An SMC Rapid Reaction accompanied this briefing.