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India steps up airport screening for coronavirus

 India has ramped up screening at airports for those travelling from China on Thursday (January 23) to tackle the threat of coronavirus after it killed at least 17 people and infected more than 600 people globally.

The previously unknown virus strain is believed to have emerged late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The newly-identified coronavirus has created alarm because there are a number of unknowns surrounding it. It is too early to know just how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people.

There is no vaccine for the virus, which can spread through respiratory transmission. Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and cough, similar to many other respiratory illnesses.

Three research teams are to start work on developing a vaccine, a global coalition set up to fight diseases said.

(Production: Aiden Nulty)

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