PHILADELPHIA - The number of coronavirus cases and deaths continues to climb. The map above illustrates where confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus exist across the world.
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The newly identified COVID-19 virus refers to the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan China. This virus is different from the previously identified coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1, which have been known to circulate among humans, causing mild illness likened to the common cold.
COVID-19 was previously thought to only infect animals but has now emerged to spread among people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the first infections were associated with live animal markets in China but can spread person-to-person globally.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.