Islam Times 14 Feb 2020 082020000000Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:36:04 -0500 8:36 -------------------------------------------------- Title : WHO Adviser Says Wuhan Coronavirus Could Infect Two-Thirds of World’s Population -------------------------------------------------- Islam Times - As of Thursday, the number of registered Wuhan coronavirus infections topped 65,213, while the death toll from the disease outbreak has risen to 1486. Text : An advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) tracking the transmissibility of the new coronavirus warned that two-thirds of the world s population could be infected with the virus, according to Bloomberg. Ira Longini, a top infectious-disease scientist and co-director of the Centre for Statistics and Quantitative Infectious Diseases at the University of Florida, suggested that China s strict containment measures, including quarantining, will only slow the spread of the disease. The researcher added that the Wuhan coronavirus is roaming throughout China and beyond. Longini s estimate, reportedly based on data showing that an infected person usually transmits the disease to 2-3 other people, implies that billions of people are likely to become infected. The scientist claimed that even if a way is found to reduce transmission by 50 percent, the virus could infect one-third of the world s population. Unless the transmissibility changes, surveillance and containment can only work so well, Longini noted, cited by Bloomberg. Isolating cases and quarantining contacts is not going to stop this virus , he added. Longini is not that only scientist warning of the rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. According to Bloomberg, a public health professor at the University of Hong Kong, Gabriel Leung, has also projected that almost two-thirds of the world s population could carry the virus if it is not brought under control.