Is the spread of coronavirus out of control? I Inside Story

From a wildlife market in China’s Wuhan city, where the coronavirus is believed to have emerged, to the city of Qom in Iran.
The disease is sweeping around the globe and health experts are warning we could be on the brink of a pandemic.
More than 80,000 people in over 40 countries have been infected.
The number of new cases inside the country at the centre of the epidemic – China – has been overtaken for the first time by new infections outside.
Now the focus of the outbreak is shifting to Europe in particular, and the Middle East.
In that region, Iran appears to be the centre of the spread of the disease.
Cases in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman have been linked to patients who traveled to Iran recently.
So, how do we prepare for a pandemic??

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests
Dr. Patrick Tang, Division Chief of Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine.
Dr. Abdhalah Ziraba, Medical Doctor and Research Scientist at African Population and Health Research Center.
Dr. Dominic Wilkinson, Medical Doctor and Director of Medical Ethics at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at University of Oxford.

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