21 Jan 2020

Coronavirus is spreading

From Lately, 10:20 pm on 21 January 2020

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New Zealand has no plans to screen passengers arriving from China despite the spread of a new viral pneumonia.

Four people have now died from the coronavirus and there are now more than 200 cases in China.

Karyn Hay speaks with Professor of Public Health, Dr Michael Baker, from Otago University about the coronavirus which has been linked to the South China Seafood Wholesale Market in the city of Wuhan.

People wearing masks head for Beijing Station in Beijing, China on 20 January, ahead of China's Lunar New Year holiday. Tens of thousands of people travel and visit overseas during the holiday.

Photo: AFP