Professor Piot, the co-discoverer of Ebola and the presence of Aids in Africa, warned that 2019 new coronavirus (nCoV) is more dangerous than Ebola, with its death toll climbing to 1,018 across the globe.
“It’s a greater threat because of the mode of transmission. The potential for spread is much, much higher,” Piot told The Times.
“If the number of people who get infected is huge, then that will also kill a number of people.”
Professor Peter Piot, who is also the director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said the outbreak is likely to become a pandemic, adding he was becoming “increasingly alarmed” about the rate of infection.
Ebola co-discoverer says 2019 nCoV more dangerous than ebola; death toll climbed to 1,018
The death toll for 2019-nCoV is already 1,018, with an additional 108 deaths yesterday.
Of the 43,099 infected patients, 30,694 are in mild condition while 4,043 recovered and were discharged from the hospitals.
However, there are still 7,344 who are in severe or critical condition.
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is affecting 28 countries and territories around the world.