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The Chinese news agency Xinhua has reported that a novel coronavirus is the cause of a ‘mystery’ outbreak of pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Previously emerging coronavirus variations were behind the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) outbreaks.

Since December, 59 reported cases of pneumonia have been linked to the novel coronavirus, seven of which have left patients in a critical condition. Of these, 15 have been positively confirmed to be caused by the novel coronavirus in lab tests.

Although the current outbreak is very limited in nature, business continuity managers will be aware of how quickly SARS spread and the organizational impacts that containing the outbreak resulted in in impacted areas. It is therefore important that organizations monitor developments linked to this new coronavirus incident.

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