Will the coronavirus become a pandemic? The experts weigh in

As the number of infected people reaches 20,000, there is no consensus on what happens next

The 2019 novel coronavirus may be poised to develop into a pandemic, according to some of the world’s leading infectious diseases experts.

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“It’s very, very transmissible and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told the New York Times.

“But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know.”

The coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 20,000 people, with the death toll rising to 425 on Monday evening,

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